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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: "Ronald Siegel" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 05:02:17 -0700
Subject: This is very urgent.

Dear Friend

I am Captain Ronald Siegel of the US Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.). On Monitoring and Peace-keeping mission in Baghdad-Iraq.

Two weeks ago,we were alerted on the sudden presence of some Terrorists camping in a suburb not too far from Karbala here in Iraq.

After Immediate intervention, we captured three (3) of the Terrorists; In the process of Interrogations they confessed being rebels for late Ayman Al-Zawahiri and took us to a cave in Karbala, which served as their camp.

Here we recovered several guns and other Ammunitions including A Metallic Box to my amazement contains some US Dollars amounting to ($12.6M) Twelve Million Six hundred thousand U.S.dollars After I and two of my junior intelligent officers checked them.

I however instructed them to keep this in high secrecy.We quickly made every arrangement with an Australian Diplomat who works with the Red cross international here in Iraq and move the box containing the money in form of consignment that contained Family Valuables and Antiques to Europe where he deposited the consignment with a Security Company.

I am therefore seeking for your reliable assistance to receive and safeguard this money for me till i'm done with my assignment here in Iraq.

I assure and promise to give you 20% of this fund for your honesty and assistance in retrieving and
safeguarding it.

All you have to do now is to send to me immediately, your full contact details such as your full name, your residential address including your private cell phone numbers to enable me forward it to the Security Company as our representative who we have empowered to make claim the consignment from them.

It is absolutely risk free. Please assure me of keeping this transaction a topmost secret to protect my job with the US Monitoring and Peace-Keeping mission.

This is a matter of urgency as you can see, therefore if you can be trusted; get back to me for immediate action.


Capt.Ronald Siegel.

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