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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: Rebeca Sabago <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 00:50:53 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings Friend ,

My Name is Major Rebecca Schieble. I'm an American soldier, am
currently still serving in Iraq for ICU NURSE AT THE COMBAT SUPPORT
HOSPITAL AT CAMP SPEICHER in the United State Army and providing
adequate security for the US embassy in Baghdad. I'm seeking your kind
assistance to move the sum of US$14.5Million to you as far as I can be
assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my
service, this is no stolen money, and there is no danger involved. I'm
presently in a hospital recovering from injuries Sustained in a
suicide bomb attack, that took place during our combat with some ISIS
Militant, I have successful move the Fund out of Iraq, the fund is
currently with a security Company in S.A, where the fund is will be
disclose to you as soon as I got your feedback for Security reason. I
am contacting you because you might be a good fearing citizen that is
willing to be involved with this transaction and I am willing to share
the money with you. I am sending you this email message.

Source of the money:

Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a
farmhouse near one of Saddam's old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a
rescue operation while I was still serving in Iraq some years ago and
it was agreed by Sgt.Duff and I that some part of this money be shared
among both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us
saw the money first. This was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell
you what? No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with
our lives.
Please view website for confirmation;

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 us and his office enjoy some immunity, I was able
to move the money to a security company in SOUTH AFRICA as a
diplomatic baggage. They are now waiting for us to provide the name of
beneficiary who they will transfer the funds to. The reason I want you
to claim the funds on my behalf is that as a soldier, I cannot present
concrete evidence on how I made such a big amount of money.

The moment I'm sure that you will assist me, I will let you know were
I'm currently receiving treatment and I will also give you the
information of the security company and the security code of the
baggage. I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money
for the assistance you will give to me. One passionate appeal I will
make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you
have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this
message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for me. I
do not know how long I will remain here at the hospital, I honestly
want this matter to be resolveda immediately, please contact me as soon
as possible, All correspondence must be by my Private

Yours Faithfully,

Major: Rebecca Schieble.
US Army Baghdad Iraq.

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