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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: "Capt. Sarah Robinson" <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 17:27:20 +0800
Subject: Read and get back to me....


I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I want to solicit your attention to assist me receive two (2) trunk boxes on my behalf.

I am an Army officer with the USA Military and currently in Baghdad with the Combat Support Squad, US Base Camp, Speicher - Baghdad, Iraq. I am on my 3rd deployment to combat war zones. I am also among the squad that will be re-deployed to Afghanistan in about a fortnight and in view of this, I
urgently need your help in assisting me receive for safe keeping the two (2) trunk boxes containing some monies.

The source:
You can visit this links for more details: feb/08/usa.iraq1

If you can be trusted, I will explain further on the modalities on how we'll realize the safe shipment of the boxes to you for safe keeping without the breach of the law.when i get a response from you.

Capt. Sarah Robinson
U.S Army

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