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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: "Ivan Todd" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:37:27 -0400
Subject: This is a Legit Message am not those that abuse use of Internet..

Dear Friend,


Due to lot of internet Fraud people have nursed fear to do online
business that are real because of fear of dealing with wrong person,i
want to tell you that this mail is not one of them ,can i trust you also
to do this Business? Please i want you to read this message carefully
and i will give you all proof that will show you am real.How are you doing =
? Please carefully read my mail.Am Ivan Todd , 45 years old , from Austin T=
exas, United States of America but I lived in the Military Cantonment in Ho=
uston Texas , I completed my training program and physical education course=
at Fort bliss command Virginia US. Am 2nd lieutenant and Protocol officer.=
Am well trained combat and infantry. I had a tough childhood. I lost my pa=
rents when I was very little, and am the only son and only child. I never k=
new my real parents or any relation because my Parents nationalized in USA=
. I was adopted by Mr Eugene Lee Scott , and his wife Rose , may their sou=
l rest in peace amen .They are also dead.

Am on Peace keeping force deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan from Iraq. Can you=
be trusted? =

If you are current,you might hear the world braking news in Iraq some time=
ego,about the USA ARMY stormed a place and make this discovery which was h=
anded over to the USA heads,till today no body gave account of it.

You can read more about it here:

I have to attach my Pictures to proof what am about to tell you, please kee=
p everything secrete . Last time we went for inspection in terrorist hid ou=
t,we discover bags fill with US DOLLARS and other currency,me and my group =
returned it back to the base camp,our heads,told us that they will report i=
t to the proper office for investigation and up to date we did not hear any=
thing about the money again,and i feel they must have shared it among them=
selves,so after the next day i went to take records of other items in the =
trucks discovered from the terrorist hid out,i notice their was another bag=
right inside they Truck tanker side,i said glory be to God,i took the bag,=
and hid it in a safe place,after some couple of days, i decided to count t=
he money in my room it was huge amount $ 12.6 Million US Dollars, i smiled.

If you will assure me, honesty,sincerity , i will make plans how to move it=
out from Afghanistan to your address as a Military family valuable , which=
i will obtain (M.N.I.F.V.T) Military Non Inspection Family Valuable Tag w=
ith UN Tag and tag on the box for delivery to avoid any body to open it,as =
far as it have the UN Tag and Military Non Inspection Family Valuable Tag.=
When it get to your address. You will take $ 5 Million US Dollars and keep=
$ 7.6 Million US Dollars till i pull out.

If you are interested and assure me your Sincerity,get back to me.

I await for your immediate reply to enable us proceed.

Forward all reply to my Private email address: =

Col.Ivan Todd.

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