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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.Gabriel David" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 04:07:05 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Your(ATM Card)Registeration Code is (GL-14160),

Your(ATM Card)Registeration Code is (GL-14160),

Hello Dear good friend,

I Just received a call from Dr. Greg Hilton the Director Of DHL Courier Company Benin that the ( $ 1.8million USD ) cash payment compensation which I sent across to you returned back due to wrong address provided, They need the re-confirmation of the below informations:Note: the delivery charges fee has been paid:

Your Names, Current Delivery Address, Direct Phone #, Occupation,  and together with their ($150.usd)only Security Keeping Fee which is the only money you are required to pay them, And note that the DHL does not know the contents of the box/package, it was registered as private family treasures so do not disclose the real contents to them for the safetly of the fund.

Contact them at the following informations: Agent Rev.Victor Moris, Tel:+229-98-595-688, E-mails: ( (

Your registeration code is (GL-14160),use it as your subject when contacting them, I really appreciate doing business with you and i am presently in peru for a business investement with my own share of the fund.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Yours Truly Friend,
Dr.Gabriel David
Ex-Minister for Agriculture Benin Republic.

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