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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:

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2022 21:55:27 +0800

GEN. Thomas Michael
From: GEN. Thomas Michael >
Date: October 28, 2022

Good day friend,

I apologize to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I got your contact from a directory on the internet here in Baghdad Iraq. I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business and i pray at this time that, your e-mail contact address is still valid. I am GEN. Thomas Michael, an officer in the US Army presently serving in the Military with the Peace keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq.I urgently need your assistance in claim and safe keeping of $10 Million USD in a security vault in Madrid Spain.

I need your help in claim and safe keeping of two military trunk boxes containing the sum of $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million, United States Dollars) which was moved from Baghdad, Iraq to the Madrid Spain, through a special arrangement with the US RED CROSS service. I received an e-mail from the security vault this morning to come in claim of the consignment I deposited with them since 26-07-2020 and I have just two weeks from now to claim these funds.

I dont have any family back in the U.S before joining the army and its difficult for me to travel to Madrid Spain at within the time frame in claim of the fund with the security company in Madrid and thats why am contacting you. Please assure me of your keeping this topmost secret to protect my job with the US Monitoring and Peace-Keeping mission and kindly furnish me with your full names, occupation, direct phone and any form of ID.
Please reply soon.
General Thomas Michael

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