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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: "Captain Elian Marco" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:21:53 -0600
Subject: Good Day Sir/Madam 191

Good Day Sir/Madam
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found your email here in Google search
and I picked interest to contact you, here in Afghanistan, I find it pleasurable to offer you my
partnership in business.
I only pray at this time that your address is still valid .I want to solicit your attention to receive
money on my behalf. I am  Captain  Elian Marco, an officer in the US Army, and also a West
Point Graduate presently serving in the Military with the 82nd Air Borne Division Peace keeping
force in Afghanistan.
I am on the move to Iraq from Afghanistan. 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 the Afghanistan. I hope you can be trusted? Kindly view this news blog below for some info story/military/2015/10/15/ obama-extends-afghanistan- mission-into-2017-troops- surge/73981218/
If you can be trusted will explain further when I get a response from you. Please ensure to
reply me immediately if you want to help me. Reply direct to this email id
1. Full Name
2. Address
3. Occupation
4. Age
4; your telephone
5; A scan copy of your identification.
Pls i need your response immediately
God Bless America.
Captain  Elian Marco

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