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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: "Staff Sergeant Williams Henry Aaron." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:24:08 +0300
Subject: God bless you and America

Dear: Sir/Madam,
Good Day, Although I don't know you in person, Your E-mail address was found in my research on internet, I solicit your attention to receive two Army colours boxes contained funds on my behalf.
My Full Name is Williams Henry Aaron (Staff Sergeant) served with United States Armed Forces Military keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq. Transferred to Afghanistan.
I believe you can be trusted.
I will explain further when I receive your response.
God bless you and America.
Best Regards,
Staff Sergeant Williams Henry Aaron.

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