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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: "Jim Bruce"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 03:47:57 +0200

Dear Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of
your (USD$1,500,000..00) and your inability to meet up with some charges
levied against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of
Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance
Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded
and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this
CORPORATE VISA CARD and also have registered it with DHL for delivery to you.

For your information, The delivery charges has been paid and they were
supposed to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but they insisted that you
must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate Delivery.

MOST IMPORTANT: Due to the content of the package, DHL mandated that before
your package will be shipped, A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to
the New Customs Creed and the importance of such Document is to ensure a
hitch-free delivery and the amount is $95.99 USD.

Therefore re-confirm your current delivery address (i.e 1. Full Names, 2.
Delivery Address and 3. Telephone Number) to DHL.

Johnson Hillman
DHL International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie
03 BP 2147
Tel: +229 9814-1769

Please hurry now as your package might incure dumourages if it stays more than
3days with DHL.

Dr. Jim Bruce
For the Management of BOA.

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