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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 Indeck Dagan William." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 13:12:43 +0100
Subject: I wait your reply as to proceed immediately

Hello Friend,
Greetings, this letter might surprise you because we have not met neither in person nor by correspondence. My name is Staff Sergeant Indeck Dagan William. US ARMY The 82nd Airborne Division, is an active airborne infantry division of the United States Army specializing in joint forcible entry operations. Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is the primary fighting arm of the XVIII Airborne Corps. I transferred from Afghanistan to Syria on 28th June 2021 serving the World and my country in the most honorable way I know I can, am in Syria right now Can you receive money?
As you must agree with me it has been hell here in Syria trying to keep the boxes of money safe from people's eyes for all these while and with this opportunity I deposited the boxes with Delivery company and they knows not the contain, all I need is just someone capable I can trust 100% I can send the boxes to. So if you can assure me of your honesty I will go ahead and send the boxes to you for safe keeping, Through Delivery company till I am back home and I will gladly give you 40% of the money.
Roughly 900 U.S. troops, including a number of Green Berets, will remain in Syria to continue supporting and advising the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the Islamic State. The Biden administration is pulling all American troops out of Afghanistan, I can't deposit the money in the bank the reason is obvious the best for me is to send it out and you will receive it successfully.
As soon as I receive your response the source of the Money will explain.
I wait your reply as to proceed immediately
God bless you and thanks for cooperation in advance.
Best Regards,
Staff Sergeant Indeck Dagan William.

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