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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: "Sara Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:57:50 +0300


I hope this email finds you in good health. I am Miss Sara Moore,originally from North carolina united states of america but I am presently in Afghanistan as an expert doctor of OTHOPEDIC AND TRAUMATOLOGY SPECIALIST.
On the 12th of DECEMBER 2016 , I was approached by a British Soldier by name L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, who handed a box full of cash totaling $4.5 million US dollars to me for safe keeping and begged me never to disclose this to anyone and two weeks later he was deployed out of afghanistan to Iraq for vital operation,unfortunately two months later news reached us that he had died in Taji, north of Baghdad in Iraq while serving with 2nd Bn Duke of Lancaster 's Regiment (2 LANCS). Kindly view the link below for confirmation. news/2017/01/02/british- soldier-dies-iraq-incident- not-result-enemy-activity/

I want to use this opportunity to seek for your assistance to help me Repatriate this fund to your country for investment purposes because the fund is not safe Here and i can no longer hold on to this fund since L/Cpl Scott Hetherington is no more and i am willing to compensate you with 40% of the total sum for your help.I will be very
grateful if my proposal is considered and given the urgent attention it deserves.Get back to me on this email

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