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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: "MR.FRANK WEST" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:40:26 +0100


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $850,000 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
for a long time. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired
or getting near to the date of expire and Dr.Mahmoud the Director Bank of
U.A.E. told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will

So I told him to cash the $850,000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment
to avoid losing this fund under expiration as I will be out of the country
for a 4 Months Course and I will not come back till ending of September

What you have to do now is to contact DHL International Delivery Company as
soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you
because of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the
delivering Charge, Insurance premium and other charges.

The only money you will send to the DHL International Delivery Company to
deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is
$300USD (Three hundred United States Dollars) only being Security Keeping
Fee of DHL International Delivery Company.

I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you
will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have to contact DHL
International Delivery Company now for the delivery of your Draft with this
information below;

Directors Name: DR.MIKEL LEYDEN

Mobile Number: +234-8023-9890-97

Company's Name: DHL International Delivery Company

Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you send your Postal address and Direct telephone
number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to
give you
the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know
when it will get to your address after you have made the payment of their
Security/Keeping fee.

Let me repeat again,contact them immediately you receive this mail and ask
them how you will make the security fee of $300 usd to them to avoid any
further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $300 US
Dollars for their immediate action.

Please do fill this information when replying them.

Full name:
Tel / Fax:

Note: The DHL International Delivery Company don't know the content of the
Box. I registered it as a 'BOX of African cloths'. They did not know the
content was money.This is to avoid them tampering with the BOX. Dont let
them know that the box content is money.Okay?

Yours Faithfully,

Mr Frank West.

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