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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. Daniel Watac" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:21:57 +0100

FROM Dr. Daniel Watac
Dear Beneficiary,
I am Dr. Daniel Watac Foreign payment adviser to the president Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sequel to the secretive arrangement in regards of the shipment of your contract sum, I wish to inform you that all necessary modalities have been automatically concluded and has left Nigeria to London via there stop over unit in Express Cargo Flight With Air And Sea Diplomatic Company.
Note carefully that the content of the boxes is "MONEY" but I did not disclose it to the Courier Services as Money, rather I informed them that the boxes contain Vital "DIPLOMATIC DOCUMENTS" belonging to my client (that's you).
Furthermore, the weight of the consignment is 80kg which cost $9,900.00 Dollars to deliver to London since I don't have your full mailing address to avoid mistake of delivering. On no account should you disclose the content of the boxes with the Diplomatic Courier Services for fear of betrayal. So do not allow them to know that the content is money.
In the meantime, contact the Diplomatic Courier Services Mr.Brown Collins.E-mail: ( ) Tel: +447045753975, tomorrow to know the actual situation with the consignment then get back to me as soon as possible so that the shipment documents with the keys can be dispatch to you, also you can arrange with them for delivery to your address if you cannot go to London for the claim.
Meanwhile, I will be coming over to your country immediately the consignment arrives in your home/bank for my 20% share.
Congratulation and remain blessed.
Best Regards,
Dr. Daniel Watac
Tel: +23480-255-80000
Du Dr Daniel WATAC
B?n?ficiaire Cher,
Je suis le Dr Daniel WATAC conseiller paiement des Affaires ?trang?res au pr?sident la R?publique f?d?rale du Nig?ria, Sequel ? l'arrangement secret en ce qui concerne de l'envoi de votre montant du contrat, je tiens ? vous informer que toutes les modalit?s n?cessaires ont ?t? automatiquement conclu et a quitt? le Nigeria ? Londres via il escale unit? Express Cargo Vol avec l'air et la mer diplomatique Soci?t?.
Notez soigneusement que le contenu des bo?tes est "l'argent" mais je n'ai pas le divulguer ? des services de messagerie comme l'argent, plut?t je les ai inform?s que les bo?tes contiennent de l'?tat civil "Documents Diplomatiques" appartenant ? mon client (c'est vous).
En outre, le poids du chargement est 80 kg qui a co?t? $ 9,900.00 dollars pour fournir ? Londres depuis je n'ai pas votre adresse postale compl?te pour ?viter l'erreur de livraison. En aucun cas vous r?v?ler le contenu des bo?tes avec les services de courrier diplomatique, par crainte de la trahison. Donc, ne leur permettent pas de savoir que le contenu est de l'argent.
Dans l'intervalle, veuillez contacter le service du courrier diplomatique Mr.Brown Collins.E-mail: ( T?l: 447045753975, demain pour conna?tre la situation r?elle avec l'envoi, puis revenir ? moi d?s que possible de sorte que les documents d'exp?dition avec les touches peuvent ?tre exp?di?s vers vous, vous pouvez aussi s'arranger avec eux pour la livraison ? votre adresse si vous ne pouvez pas aller ? Londres pour la demande.
Pendant ce temps, je vais venir ? votre pays imm?diatement le lot arrive dans votre maison / bancaire pour ma part de 20%.
F?licitations et restent b?ni.
WATAC Dr Daniel
T?l: +23480-255-80000

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