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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: "Dhl Express" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:38:38 +0800

Dear Beneficiary,

Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your ($2.7
Million) Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ) and your inability
to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We
the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment
Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded
and today,

we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this CORPORATE VISA CARD and
also have registered it with DHL Courier Service.For your information, The delivery
charges has been paid and they supposed to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but
they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure
accurate Delivery.

MOST IMPORTANT: Due to the content of the package, DHL mandated that before your
package will be shipped, A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New
Customs Creed and the essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and
the amount is $325usd Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address.

1. Your full name:
2. Your postal address with zip code:
3. Your house phone:
4. Your cellphone:
5. Attach a copy of any of your identification:

DHL International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie
03 BP 2147.Cotonou
Contact:Dr.Jerry Leo

Please hurry now as your package might incurr dumourages if it stays more than 3days
with DHL.

Mr.Frank Brown

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