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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: "SGT. JAMES ZAUGG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:03:16 +0300

I know this information will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and of a great benefit to you.
I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you after I found your email contact in an address journal online.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am (SGT. FIRST CLASS James Zaugg) From California United States of America. I am currently assigned to 2nd battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment with the United States Army and Britain Coalition Force in Afghanistan.
I am seeking for your assistance to evacuate some huge amount of funds that ran into several millions of United States dollars and parcels of gold worth millions of dollars to the States or any safe country, as far as I can be assured that it will be safe with you pending when I will be redeployed back to the states.
Before I disclose the source of fund and gold to you, I have to tell you more about myself. I am widowed with one son who is currently with my old uncle back home.  My wife died of breast cancer five years ago, and since then I have been single.
I need your assistance in this matter because I do not have anyone to help me out at this point, no father, no mother, no brothers and sisters. I lost my parents in an auto crash while I was still 18 years of age, and I am the only child of my parents. The only uncle I can trust is too old and cannot properly take care of this issue.
SOURCE OF MONEY: My stay here has been deadly and on the other ways profitable to me. 18 Months back, I and my team mates were assigned to monitor Oil projects here in Kabul Afghanistan which has really increased my financial status.
As a matter of fact, after monitoring the last oil project, we were compensated with some Funds each by the oil company management for protecting them from terrorist attacks while the projects were going on, though it is against the military rules and regulations.
SOURCE OF GOLD: We also recovered parcels of gold worth Billions of U.S dollars when we invaded some terrorist camps here after which the government here compensated us with gold worth Millions each for a job well done.
In other to make more money here, I was advised by a good friend of mine who is one of the oil company coordinators to invest the funds in an Oil business, and he promised to assist me at all level considering the fact that I have no knowledge of the business.
At first I thought he was trying to play smart on me, but I had no other option because I will be punished by the military authorities if caught with such a huge amount of Money here in the Military Base Camp.
I cannot disclose the secret oil deal to any other person here in the military base because it is against the ethics of our duties here. Right now I need a reliable and trust worthy person I can trust, I mean someone who will never think of betraying me.
Note: This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved. I will reveal the exact amount and worth of gold when I receive your response.
I will send you copies of my photos and military Identification card in my next email upon your reply.
Thanks and best regards,

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