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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: TERRY H <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 06:08:37 +0100

A US Citizen, from Alabama, I'm 33 years old single, I'm a US military
officer serving the United Nations peacekeeping troop in Libya. I
would like to get acquainted with you, Dear, I have something very
important to share with you. Listing to this very carefully and please
promise me that you will keep it only to yourself, during one of our
rescue mission we came across safe boxes that contain gold and huge
amount of money that belongs to the supporters of the overthrow
government of Libya, which I believe was money meant for buying
weapons and ammunition, and it was agreed by all army officers present
on that rescue mission that the money will be shared among us and
which we did. Out of the total fund my share was $7,560,000 (seven
Million Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand United States Dollars ) and
about 30 bricks of gold, I am seeking your assistance to evacuate my
share of the money out of this country ( Libya ) to your own country
for you to keep it safe

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