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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: Mac William <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:51:30 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: How are you today?

How are you today?

I am very happy to let you know that I have been able to work out a
new way to which you will receive this your package box and as it may
interest you to know I have been able to get in contact with a Diplomat agent from United Parcel Service company who is going to deliver the package containing that (USD$1,500,000.00)
to your door step and as I made the plan he will be delivering a
consignment to you and the content of the consignment will be (USD$1,500,000.00) although I did not revel to him about the content
of the consignment because I simply told him that the content of the
consignment is your personal belongings.
 Therefore at this point I wish to know your readiness to receive
this consignment as you will be required to reconfirm your receiving
address and phone number once more so that I will make sure that I gave him your correct address to avoid any mistake about the delivery.
you can a hold of them to verify to yourself.
Their contact info is as below.

Mr moris kelly
Dispatching manager
Tel phone +229-9965-0419

They are Waiting to hear from you soon about this and don’t fail to indicate your direct and current phone number as well.

best regards.
Mac William

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