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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: Capt Anthony John <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 04:30:33 +0100

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found your
name listed in the Trade Center Chambers of Commerce directory here in
Iraq, I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business. I
only pray this time that your address is still valid. I want to
solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf.

I am Capt. John Anthony, an officer in the US Army, i am one of the
U.S. Army deployed to Iraq in the beginning of the war in 20014, and
also a West Point Graduate presently serving in the Military with the
82nd Air Borne Division Peace keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq. I am on
the move to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batch just left, and i
really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two
military trunk boxes which has just arrived the USA from Iraq. I hope
you can be trusted?

Though, I would like to hold back certain information for security
reasons for now until you have found time to visit the BBC website
news below to enable you have insight regarding what I intend to share
with you, believing that it would be of your desired interest in one
way or the other. Here is a BBC news listing that confirms what I want
to share with you

In this regards, I will not hold back to say that the essence of this
letter is strictly for mutual benefit of you and I and nothing more. I
will be more vivid and coherent in my next email in this regards.

Meanwhile, could you send me a mail confirming you have visited the
site and understood my intentions? Am standing by for your urgent
response now that we are leaving Iraq to Afghanistan.

Yours faithfully,

Best regards.
Capt Anthony John
Office mail

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