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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.JOHN BROWN" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:08:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: DHL International Benin

DHL International Benin

Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie

03 BP 2147Cotonou

E-mail:( )





We have a Parcel contained an
International Cashier Bank Draft/Cheque worth the sum of ($3.8
millionUSD) which will be deliver to you at the moment as long asyou
provide all the requirement information to the DHL Courier Dlivery

company before the parcel can be shipped to your own residential address in your country.


Further more,Your e-mail /Home address
was among the luckiest package that will be send through Federal
Express Delivery Service as soon as contact them so what you have to do
right now is to contact the Director of DHL Delivery Department

for immediate dispatch to your residential address.



Email;( )


Tel; +229 99157193

Reconfirm Your Address Once Again.

1.YOUR FULL NAME_______________________

2.YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER________________

3.YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS_________________

4. YOUR OFFICIAL AGE___________________

5.YOUR OCCUPATION______________________

6.YOUR COUNTRY_________________________

7.YOUR PHOTOGRAPH _____________________

Direct Cell Phone Number for easy
communication Note that if no seriousness is seen from you, we have no
choice but to send this fund back to our treasury as an unclaimed fund
by you. Do see that you forward your above information to this email:( )

Again noted that delivery fee will
cost you $155 and you have to send it  to them today to enable them
proceed ahead on the delivery first thing tomorrow morning, here is the
receiver information you use to send the fee.

Receiver's name:::::::::::::::Chukwuemeka Marcel


Test question::::::::::::::::::: how long

Answer:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Today



sender's name:::::::::::::::::

I am waiting to hear from you with the payment detail with this e-maill addrss ::(  )

My Regard to your family

Yours Mr williams

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