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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. William Mike" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:02:42 -0430 (VET)
Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT RESPONCE NOW Diploman Williams Mike

I’m diplomat Mr William Mike; I have been trying to reach you on your telephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in Orlando International Airport (MCO) Florida  USA with your two boxes of consignment worth 1,5M USD which I have been instructed by FEDEX COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money,
 I have presented the papers  to them and they are very much pleased with the paper’s I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the Origin of funds Clearance certificate which is not placed on the boxes, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the Origin of funds Clearance certificate so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful I try to reason with them and they stated theOrigin of funds Clearance certificate will cost us just $84 Dollars only to get the two Origin of funds Clearance certificate placed on the boxes as that Origin of funds Clearance certificate will enable me get to your house successfully without any interference, they scanned the boxes and found out that the fund is 100 % spend able and accepted by any bank in the whole world.
Please try and reach me with my international roaming number +229-98640546  it working here that is GLO BENIN LINE as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in Bangkok. Here are the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers. I have I more vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it’s the diplomatic rules, such as authorization to deliver.
You can direct the Origin of funds Clearance certificate fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority.
Please reply me back on this email; (
Receiver Mr. Odili Cosmas Odili
Country Benin republic
City Cotonou
Amount $ 84 US Dollars
Text Question. In GoD?
Answer …. We Trusth 
Diplomat  William Mike

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