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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: "WILLIAM SMITH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:20:50 +0100

This is the good news for you, your long awaited fund,the fund $4.2 million us dollar was deposted yesterday by
2:45 p.m at D.H.L COURIER COMPANY,this was after the agreement was reached with the issued bank to
release the fund in cash,the agreement with the courier company was that the box must be deliver within four
days of the deposit.the depositor's is mr william smith,the cash was packaged in a small box by the bank
and the registration number is xqd7819-sc,therefore contact the courier company by reconfirming your right
info to them. such as your name,your personel phone number,and your house address,the courier contact
person is mr lewis kennedy as the director incharge of delivering unit
E-maill address....(
Office mail...(
Note this- The box was deposited as an express delivery, and all the delivery charges has been paid, the
only money you will send to them is daily security keeping fee of $51.00 per day.
good luck
regard william smith

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