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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "Jarvis Reeves" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2020 22:39:40 -0700
Subject: I need a good partner

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am in the Engineering military unit here in Ba'qubah in Iraq,we have about Fifty Million US dollars that we want to move out of the country. My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust.

But we are moving it through diplomatic means, to send it to your house directly or a bank of your choice using diplomatic courier service. Can we
trust you once the funds get to you?

Please let me know how much percentage you are willing to accept for your assistance. If you are interested I will furnish you with more details.

1.Name in full:2.Home ddress:3.Age:4.Occupation:5.Phone Number:6.Present Country:7.Sex: 8.Marital Status:

But the whole process is simple and we must keep a low profile at all times.

Kindly contact me via my private Email:


Sgt Jarvis Reeves

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