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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: "Cpt.Stephen Laurence" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 04:54:58 -0700
Subject: Dear Fund Owner,

Hello Dear,

I apologize if the content of my email is contrary to your moral
ethics but I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in
business. I am Cpt.Stephen Laurence, an officer in the US Army,
presently serving in the Military with the
82nd Airborne Division Peace Keeping Force here in Afghanistan. I need
your help in assisting me with the safe
keeping of Two Military Trunk Boxes.

I hope you can be trusted? If you can be trusted, I will explain
further when I get a response from you for further
clarification.Nevertheless, please
ensure to reply via my private

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation, God bless you and America!!!

Best Regards,

Cpt.Stephen Laurence

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