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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. RICHARD WOOD" <diplomat_agent333@yahoo.fr>
Reply-To: usacustom110@usa.com
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:06:21 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: WELCOME TO USA CUSTOMS SERVICES AUTHORITY .




CUSTOMS SERVICES USA AUTHORITY COUNTRY
DIRECTOR OFFICE IN CHARFE.
MR RICHARD WOOD.


ATTENTTION:MY DEAR FRIEND.,


THIS IS TO INFORM YOU ABOUT YOUR PACKAGE HERE THAT WAS CONFISCATED BY THIS US CUSTOM OFFICE IN MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FLORIDA YOUR PACKAGE IS HERE FOR LONGTIME NOW DUE TO YOUR DELAY AFTER THE DIPLOMAT AGENT ARRIVE FROM AFRICAN WITH THE CONSIGNMENT BOX WORTHS OF $3.5 USD AND WE ARE TO GIVE YOU 12 HOURS FOR YOU TO GET ALL YOUR CLEARANCE PAPER WORKS OUT, WITH THE AMOUNT OF $88 DOLLARS ONLY,

WE NEED IT AT THE OFFICE BEFORE THIS HOURS OR THE CONSIGNMENT BOX WILL BE SEIZED AGAIN FOR THE FINAL DIVERTION BY GOVERNMENT OF USA AT FLORIDA HERE AND YOU WILL LOSE THE CONSIGNMENT ,

BESIDES NO CONSIGNMENT BOX LEAVES THE INTERNATIONAL AIR PORT WITH OUT OUR NEEDED CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CERTIFCATE WHICH COST ONLY $88 BECAUSE SOMETIME AGO NOW THE DIPLOMAT HAVE BEEN EMAILING YOU TO SEND US OUR CLEARANCE CERTIFCATEB FEES BUT YOU KEEP ON DELAYING THEN WE ADVICE AGAIN IF YOU MISS THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY THAT MEANS IT WILL BE VERY HARD FOR YOU TO GET THIS CONSIGNMENT AGAIN ,

ONCE AGAIN WE NEED YOUR ANXIOUS MAIL DIRECT TO THIS US CUSTOM OFFICE BEFORE THIS HOURS FOR YOUR CONSIGNMENT TO LEAVE THIS AIR PORT TO YOUR LOCATION.

You can direct the CLEARANCE CERTIFCATE fees to our Head Office in inland revenue service in benin republic as the origin of your consignment box and they will get it obtain to enable the U.S custom release this man diplomat agent to your destination and they are entitled to receive any payment to foreign countries and also NOTE that the require payment of $88 shall sent to USA here for security reason so that we can forward .to the inland revenue service in Benin Republic as the originator of your consignment box



Receiver: Ngosine John
City: Cotonou,
Country: Benin Republic.
Test: For what?
Answer: clearance.
Sender ,Name ...,
Amount $88
Mtcn No#.....

CONTACT US BACK ON THIS E-MAIL ( usacustom110@usa.com)



BEST REGARDS

MR. RICHARD WOOD.

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