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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 Greg Schneider." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:04:24 -0700
Subject: Possible Spam : United States Soldier:Afghanistan

Dear Friend,

Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to
you as a surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it
carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine
my future and continued existence.Please allow me to introduce
myself.I am CAPTAIN GREG, in 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment unit
here that Patrols the helmand province, Afghanistan. I am desperately
in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you.

I am presently in Afghanistan and I found your contact particulars in
an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum
of $25m (Twenty five Million United States Dollars) to you,as far as
I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my
service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers

Some money in US DOLLARS was discovered and concealed in barrels at a
location in helman province when we conducted a foot patrol and it was
agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This
might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No
compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in
this hellhole.The above figure was given to me as my share and to
conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help
of a Canadian contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some
immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location
entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of
the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in
an air raid, who before giving up trusted me to hand over the package
to his close relative.

I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of
Afghanistan for you to pick up. I do not know how long I will remain
here, as I have been lucky to survive 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure
Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration
have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to
you then Endeavor to contact me immediately and we would work out the
necessary formalities but I pray that you are discreet about this
mutually benefiting relationship.


Capt Greg Schneider.

United States Soldier:Afghanistan

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