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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: "NSA" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:21:58 -0800
Subject: Diplomatic Delivery Notice

Attn: Beneficiary,
This is to inform you about our plan to send your funds of $4.1 Million USD to you via Diplomatic Immunity Delivery. This system will be easier for you and for us. We are going to send your inheritance/contract part-payment to you through diplomatic courier service.
I need you response because the boxes are schedule to leave as soon as we hear from you with your contact details and Call me on my direct phone: (+234-7069641137).
Best regard,
Lt. General Peter Olu
National Security Advisor
Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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