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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: DHL EXPRESS <>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 00:54:08 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: Greetings!


DHL EXPRESS have been waiting for you to contact our company for your Confirmable Bank Draft of £500.000 GBP (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GBP POUNDS), placed for onward delivery to you by the United Nation Board having their Head Office in United Kingdom, was conceived with the objective of human growth, Educational, and Community development. They only provide us your email address For your information, They have paid for the Security Keeping Fee,Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the DHL EXPRESS to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is (£150 GBP) as delivering Charges fee of the Courier Company. So far, United Nation Board would have paid that but DHL EXPRESS said no because we do not know when you will contact us, You have to contact DHL EXPRESS now with this information bellow.
Full Names;;;
Mobile Telephone Number: ;;;
Country ;;;
Home Address ;;;
Yours In Service,
MR Richard Cole
Dispatch Officer
Tel: +447045701102

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