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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: "Dr Anderson Davis." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 23:25:55 -0800
Subject: Attention Beneficiary.

Attn: Beneficiary,

The D.C.Y.T has been received and all paperwork has been submitted to Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection so that I can be allowed to deliver the funds to you immediately.

However, due to the amount of money enclosed in the consignment and because the fund is in cash, Homeland Security has made it mandatory that I will be allowed to deliver the funds only with Diplomatic Transportation.This is to ensure that I have a hitch free passage to your designated address and also to avoid any delay or hiccup that may arise during the delivery of the funds to you.

It is therefore mandatory that the DIPLOMATIC COURIER TRANSPORTATION CERTIFICATE (D.C.T.C) is obtained so that I can have access to Diplomatic Transportation.Without the D.C.T.C, I can not have access to Diplomatic Transportation and this will make the delivery of the funds impossible going by the instructions of Homeland Security.

It is important that the D.C.T.C is obtained and being the beneficiary of the funds, it is your responsibility to pay for this D.C.T.C.The cost of the Certificate is US$98 the fee has to be paid Western Union in the name stated below:

Name: Ann Eze
Address: Delta-Nigeria
Test Question: GOOD
Answer: GOD
Amount: $98

The Following information should be sent for confirmation of payment after paying the fee.

1) Sender's Name:
2) Receiver's Name:
3) Amount Sent:
4) MTCN:

Upon the receipt of the payment information, the delivery of your inheritance will be completed..

As soon as the Diplomatic Courier Transportation Certificate (D.C.T.C) is paid for as instructed, I will be Chauffeur driven in a Diplomatic Motorcade to deliver the funds to you in your designated address and this will ensure that the delivery is done without hitches.

So, pay the fee and receive your funds.

Diplomat .Anderson Davis..
Jfk International Airport
New York.

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