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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: "Sgt. Kimberly Scott" <>
Reply-To: "Sgt. Kimberly Scott" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:05:30 -0800
Subject: URGENT: Let me know if you're interested

Hello Beloved,

I know you might be wondering what I want to tell you. My dear, I want you to read this with full understanding without a single doubt because it is true. As you know, Yemen has been under Terrorist insurgency for some years now. Terrorists are attacking us constantly. Something happened a couple of weeks ago, and I have been looking for someone who will see things from my own point, someone whom I can have confidence in. I am opening up this to you because I really needed to confide on someone because I cannot do this alone and I believe you are the right person for this.

During one of our rescue mission, we came across a safe box that contains the huge amount of money that belongs to the militant supporters of the overthrown government of Yemen, which we believed was money meant for buying weapons and ammunition for terrorist attacks. The amount of the money in the safe box is $32,500.000 Dollars and it was agreed by the 6 Army officers present on that rescue mission that the money will be shared among us which we did. Out of the total fund, my share was USD $5.4 Million (Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

I am seeking your assistance to evacuate my share of this money out of this country Yemen to your country until I come over to meet with you. I have decided to use my own share of the money to build an orphanage home, a charity organization to benefit the less privileged who were affected in one way or the other. This is a very urgent issue because my assignment here will be over soonest and I need to send this money out from here that was why I decided to contact you immediately I saw your profile.

Though I know it is too early, but we must act as a matter of urgency due to my limited time here. I really need your assistance so that I will come over to meet you directly from here before going to see my parents. I will be coming over to your home so that we will plan on how to use the money for the organization and more. I hope my explanation is very clear, but if you need further clarification just let me know and I will explain further. It is clear to me that you might be scared of this proposal. However, I want to let you know that I have made a solid arrangement with a delivery company here and they have promised to secure the delivery to any of my choosing destinations. My colleagues also used the same delivery company and their own were successful.

I want you to assure me that if this money is being delivered to you that you are going to be trustworthy to keep it until I come to meet you face to face. This delivery is going to be handled legally and there will not be any form of risk involved in the process and the money will be parked or hidden safely in a box and will be delivered to you in your home address as a package from me. You may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you without a formal introduction. Well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true person to help me with this and I have no other option than to confide on you despite the short period. Trust does not matter how long you have known the person.

People can still betray a long age relationship and trust. I have decided to compensate you with 30% of the total money once the money is delivered to you, while the rest balance shall be invested in the Organization as I mentioned Earlier. We can run the Organization together if you wish to be part of it. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter to a third party, if you do not want to assist me, please kindly delete this message from your email box to avoid any leakage of this information and it will be dangerous to me based on my position here.

I want to let you know that here in the military zone we are not allowed to make use of mobile phones, we only make use of radio message and email communication so please let us continue communicating through email for the meantime OK. Conclusively, I wish you could send me a reply immediately in regards to this proposal; your urgent reply will be highly appreciated.

I wait to receive your acceptable reply as soon as you read this letter.

Best Regards
With love and hug
Sergeant Kimberly Scott

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