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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: "Tamara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:22:00 +0300
Subject: A Good Opportunity for your review

I pray that the content of this mail is not misconstrued, despite that the internet world has been invaded and taken over by dishonest people who are nothing but scammers.
Please I discourage you from being tempted to overlook or outright discard of this email content simply because this is a different case which I assure will be of mutual benefit. Simply put, I have no fraudulent intentions but that the essence of this message is strictly for our mutual benefit and nothing more.
But I rather dwell more at this first contact on the issue of trust, honesty, reliability expected of each us and your capability to handle it at your end without compromising on confidentiality.
It will be appreciated if you advance your interest by simply click on the following sites as source of funds:
I will be vivid and very explicit in my next message should you agree to collaborate with me. But before my next mail it will be appreciated if you advance your interest by simply doing the following :
Capt. Tamara Lundgren
US Base Camp,
Speicher - Baghdad.

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