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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: "Ida Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:59:51 +0300
Subject: MY name is Ida Thomas i am from united state of American,

MY name is Ida Thomas i am from united state of American,I am single, i have a special reason why i contacted you here,please read very very
carefully few days ago our soldiers had encounter and exchanged bullets with some gunmen and eventually three of our soldiers were
inured in the event while over sixteen of the gunmen were killed, as a nurse in the united nation US army. I and my group rushed to give
medical attention to our men who were injure at the spot where the sixteen gunmen were shot to dead, I saw two trunks and showed it to my fellow and we decided to force
the trunks boxes open and discovered huge amount of dollars in it and we did the same to the other trunk and saw the same thing and we
quickly took the trunks and went into something like a cafe and counted the money and also shared it among ourselves and mine amounted
to $3.5 Million dollars.

Due to the United Nation policy here in Syria, there is a plan to move some troops out of Syria, so I will be among the people that will be
moving out. I cannot take this money to the United States because since they know me as military personnel, they will want to know how I
come about it. Due to this i want you to help me receive the money in your county true shipping company, This is exactly why I need your help.I want to guarantee you that you
will not stand any risk in this as I have mapped out the strategy to have this box moved out of here safely Through Diplomatic means. you
have to keep everything confidential till you receive the fund as a consignment,
Finally, I want you to stand as the beneficiary and receive the fund and keep it safe so that as soon as i come to your country, you will
assist me to invest it in a good profitable venture,I will give you 50% of the total money for the assistance after you have receive the
money. I believe I can trust you Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities, which are secured so no
body can monitor our convasations,
I will only reach you through email, because our calls might be monitored I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with. Please if you
can handle it, let me know so that i will furnish you on the way forward

Please send your information so that i will furnish you on the morality to follow so that the shipping company will deliver the
consginment to your house,Please send Your information,
Your Name:_______________________
Your Address_________________
Your passport/ Id card copy______________
Your Phone Number_________________
Your Occupation___________________
Your Age___________________________
Your Nearest Airport______________
Your country_______________
Your Email Address______________

I Wait to receive your acceptable reply as soon as you read this letter. also send me your information,
Thank you so Much Dear i wait for your Responds from,
Sgt Ida Thomas.
My email/

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