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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: "Lieutenant Evelyn Peters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 17:25:01 -0800
Subject: For Our Mutual Benefit...

Hello Dear,
Greetings tp you , Well i am (Lieutenant Evelyn Peters)
U.S military base camp here in Syria. The US Military Base is located
north of the Euphrates River, three miles from the town of Rawah,
along a major route that connects the Syrian border to roads leading
north toward Mosul and east to Baghdad. i want you to know that we are
being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs here in Syria.
On August 1, during our rescue mission assignment for a Jordanian
Pilot (hostage) at ISIS Oil Facility, there was a particularly brutal
firefight in Raqqa , ISISís capital in Syria, after defeating them, I
came across a two crest box that contain huge amount of money that
belongs to the sponsors and supporter of ISIS, which i believe that
the money was meant for buying of weapons and ammunition's, so we
agreed by 9 Army officer on that rescue mission that the money will be
enclosed and be shared amongst ourselves.
After we shared the money, i got a share of $3,700,000 (Three Million,
Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), And for urgent
information US Government has ordered relocation of my team to another
US military base located at the boarder in between Jordan and Syria, so I
need your assistance to evacuate my share of the money out of this
country (Syria) to your own country. Before the top commanders will
discover it.
I am soliciting on you to keep it safe on my behalf till i come over
to your country, It's clear to me that you might be scared of this
proposal, but i want to let you know that i have made solid
arrangements with a Security Cargo Company that specialize in
diplomatic delivery and they have promised to deliver the fund through
diplomatic method to any of my choosing destination.
This delivery is going to be handle legally by the Security Cargo
Company and there will be no form of risk in receiving it and the money
will be sealed packed safely in a Diplomatic Box and the Diplomatic Box
will be deliver to you in your country by a Diplomat. I have decided
to compensate you with 40% of the total money, after it is
delivered to you, while the rest balance shall be my investment
capital in your country.
Please i need your assurance that if this money is delivered to you,
that you are going to be trustworthy to keep the money safe till I
arrive to your country to meet you, then we will plan on how to live
our life and investment with it.
One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter
to a third party, if you do not want to assist to this business please
delete this letter from your email box to avoid any leakage of this
information and it will be dangerous to me based on my position here.
I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you
will not betray my trust nor thwart my dream, though you may wonder
why I am so soon revealing myself to you without formal introduction,
well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you are the true
person to help me in receiving and investing this Fund.
Note: I do not know how long we are going to remain here and my fate
since I have survived two bomb attack here, which prompted me to
search out for a reliable and trust worthy person to help me receive
and invest the Fund, because I will be coming over to your home
country to invest and start a new life as a retired Lieutenant soldier.
I hope my explanation is very clear but if you need further
clarification just let me know and I will explain further, I want to
let you know that here in the military base camp we are not allow to
make use of mobile phone, we only make use of radio message and email
communication, so please let us continue communicating through email
for the mean time.
Conclusively i wish you could send me a reply with your own picture
immediately in regards to this proposal, your urgent reply will be
highly appreciated before we relocated.
I wait to receive your acceptable reply as soon as you read this letter.
My Personal Email (
Best Regards
Lt.Evelyn Peters

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