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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: "Sgt. Chris" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 13:19:52 +0100
Subject: Can You Be Trusted!!! 186.2

Dear: Sir/Madam,

I am Sgt. Chris Burger, 88M U.S. Army, serving in the Military keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq. Moved to Afghanistan, My time of research I found your E-mail address.It's my pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business. I solicit your attention
to receive two trunks on my behalf, I believe you can be trusted and handle it.

I explain further when I receive a response from you.

God bless you and America thanks for cooperation in advance.

Best Regards,
Sgt. Chris Burger

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