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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: joy caroline <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:25:52 +0000
Subject: Good day With Special Request,
Good day With Special Request,
Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to
you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go
through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way
to determine my future and continued existence.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Sgt. Joy Caroline a US
Marine Sgt. Serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment that
Patrols the Anbar province, Iraq. I am desperately in need of
assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I am
presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address
I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $18million
(Eighteen million USD) to the States or any safe country, as far as I
can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my
service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers
SOURCE OF MONEY:
Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in
barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of
Saddam Hussein's old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation
and it was agreed by all party present that the money be shared
You can go to this web link to read about events that took place then
view this site:
This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what, No
compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in
this hellhole. The above figure was given to me as my share and to
conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help
of a British contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some
immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location
entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of
the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in
an air raid, who before giving up trusted me to hand over the package
to his close relative. I have now found a secured way of getting the
package out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I
will remain here, as I have been lucky to survive 2 suicide bomb
attacks by Pure Divine intervention.
This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to
reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to
contact me and we would
Work out the necessary formalities but I pray that you are discreet
about this mutually benefiting relationship.
Sgt. Joy Caroline
United States Marine Corps