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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Kathryn Po" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:25:45 -0700
Subject: re.yes c
Thank you for your answer. I am making you this proposal because this proposal will help us fulfill the cause of my supposed investment in business and as such execute other of such project. This proposal is not in any way mandatory for us to partner in the execution but will be nice if I can get your consent on it so that I can base my transaction on your personal reliability, basic structure and bedrock on your account capacity for this level of transfer transaction. This is not in any way illegal but just a display of my wisdom in office.
My dear, I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why I went to a secured site where I can be sure that you are for real. I believe I can trust you. I am a U.S. Major. I am writing from Syria but in no distance time I will relocate to new Country Military Base soon and this is the reason why I searched for a very secure site to get in touch with you for my proposed investment plan in your state as well.
Please permit me to introduce myself again. I was born in January 1978 in California, USA. Upon graduation from High School, I and other of my acquaintances volunteered to join the U.S. Army. I wanted to go at sixteen but my late father counseled me to wait until I was eighteen. After an Honorable Discharge from high school, I signed up for the Army official in 1996 I was called into the military Supply Center in Oakland, California, the Oakland Army Base. Those were the early days. In more recent times, between 1998 and 1999, I worked in General Hospitals in nursing and management. Having held the posts of branch nursing officer and training officer within the U.S Army, I was head of Rancho Cucamonga Branch from 1998 to 2001 and of North Beach as well. When the Iraqi war started, I was among the first set of U.S Army that were posted there. I got attached with the ICRC. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) Iraq was bombed in October27, 2003 After the bomb incident, I got attached with The I
I will be relocating to a new Country if this business established in good trust; this is why I contacted you so that we can conclude a deal towards my plan to investing in your Country.
As a result of this, it will be important for me to reveal to you that I made the sum of $19.7million United States of American dollars only from drugs and medical equipment supplies here. If I have your firm reassurance to assist me receive the fund through our Red Cross diplomat, and then I will inform you how the money will be move to you, upon your faithful cooperation I will give you 30% of the total fund as your own share , so get back to me with your Telephone number, Country, and state with your city, please reply me at once
Major Sergeant Kathryn Powel