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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: "ROSERAY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:42:43 +0100

Dear Sir/Mrs,
Happy New Year, My name is Roseray, a U.S soldier currently serving in Kaboul Afghanistan,i am the only daughter of my parent who lost their lives in a ghastly car accident, please i know this will come to you as a surprise, i got your contact address from the Clean Data Base list of the U.S.
Please i have a treasure box, which my father left in a security company in London, the box contains valuable items, Golds worth of $990,000.00, Diamond stones worth of $860,000.00, my fathers house documents in United State and his house documents in Belgium and a cash sum of $950,000,00, the company has said that a relative of mine with the same last name, or my husband must be the one to come for the claim of the treasure box, and i am not married because i have not gotten a man who truly loves me.
Please i know you have a company , please i want you  to stand as my fathers relative and my uncle, use your company to please claim this treasure box and keep it under your care,i will soon be rounding up with my services here and i will come over to meet you, please i need your urgent response, because they have sent me several warning letters to take away the box or they will be forced to do away wit, they do not know the real content of the box.
Please i need your urgent response, and also i need your current house address, Current company address, mobile contact number, this information i will send it to the delivery agent for the registration of the box in your name as my uncle, i have the security code to the box i will give it to you so that once you receive the box you can open it and cross check it and take the share i will give to you. Attached is my Pictures.
I await your urgent response

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