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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Cpt. Jack C. J" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 04:26:32 -0000
Subject: Re: Can i count on you

Hello,My name is Capt. Jack C. Jarvis, I am A U.S Army officer assigned to the UN PEACE KEEPING FORCE in Syria & Yemeni an Islamic speaking country as a UN war observer,based on the recent UN/US military Legislative and executive decision to evacuate complete troops out of here in a month time from now.
I have decided to contact you for this business opportunity,relationship and considerable proposition. I want to inform you that I have in my possession 2 valuable boxes which I want to ship to you.

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Could you be trusted?

If you can please contact me urgently on my private email

If you can't please delete this mail.

Thank You

Capt. Jack C. J

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