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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 19:16:47 +0700
Subject: From:Diplomatic Envoy

From: Mr.David Trimble
Telephone: +44-7035-931-936


This is an official notification for your immediate compliance. The content of this message may come to you as a surprise which may lead to doubt and skepticism but I want to use this medium to assure you that it is completely legal and have absolutely nothing to do with solicitation.

I am Mr. David Trimble, a Diplomatic Envoy from the Caribbean Islands presently resident in London-UK. We use our privileges granted to us as Diplomatic Envoys to keep important packages and documentations for clients that are reliable and trustworthy.

This is to officially inform you that a benefactor whose identity can not be disclosed because of the Non Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement that was signed with the said benefactor when the funds were being deposited, made you the beneficiary of a package containing some amount of money. The Non Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement signed with the benefactor mandates us to fully divulge and disclose the benefactor's identity 18 months after you, the beneficiary, has received the funds.

The funds totals US$7.5M (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and we confirm that these funds are fully free of any liens, or encumbrances and are clean, clear and non-criminal origin and are available in the form of CASH.

You are hereby advised to reconfirm your Full Contact Information for confirmation and verification with information contained in our database. After verifying the details with the information we have in our database, you will be contacted to personally claim the funds in the Finance and Security Firm where it’s being kept with the
Consignment Deposit Information (C.D.I) that will empower you to do so. This Consignment Deposit Information (C.D.I) is what is needed to claim the funds and will only be sent to you after all your information has been verified and confirmed to be true.

The information should therefore be sent in the manner stated below so as to ensure that no mistake is made.

Your Full Name:

Your Complete Address:


Date of Birth (Day/Month/Year):

Direct Telephone/Mobile Number:

Complete the above and send back to me as soon as possible and ensure you call me to acknowledge the receipt of the mail


Yours Sincerely

Mr. David Trimble.

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