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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: "diplomatchristain leslie" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 20:40:29 +0100
Subject: Good day and God you,

Good day and God bless you my friend,

this is DIPLOMAT CHRISTAIN LESLIE, head of diplomats from The
Presidential Task Force and Debth Recovery Committee in conjuction
with the United Nations and united states Delivery Matters

What i am trying to explain to you is that we have Three (3) of your
trunk boxes in the custody of THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE AND DEBT

That is why i send you this Email that we have made a meeting with his
Excellency of GHANA and that of United Nations and united states
Delivery Matters that all cargo in our custody should be delivered to
the respective owners

In Three (3) of these cargoes was your names, number attached on them
that is why i inform you for urgent delivery, because your boxes are
already in Dulles International Airport (IAD) Washington we have made
all necessary arrangement for the boxes to leave to you this is my
email: <>,

Your boxes were scanned and they found out that the content is money,
$7.2 million USD on them so all you need to do is as soon as you get
back to me i will deliver the boxes to your door-step without any
delay all the document has been done by The Presidential Task Force
and Debth Recovery Committee in conjunction with the United Nations
and united states Delivery Matters, once again reconfirm me this
bellow information to avoid wrong delivery.

(1)Your Full Name................
(2)Your Contact Address........

(3)Your Phone Numbers.........
(4)Home or Office Address..
(5)Your age and current occupation...
(6) Attach Copy of your Identification...

Hope to hear from you soon.


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