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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: "Rev. Joe Benson" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:41:10 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Attention:Extreme customer.

Attention:Extreme customer.

We wish to inform you that the diplomat agent conveying the consignment box valued the sum of $3.6 Million United States Dollars misplaced your address and he is currently stranded at the International airport now. We required you re-confirm the following information below so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today and You can also call him immediately to enable him complete your delivery today because he has been long there waiting for your call.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(7)Nearest Airport ==============
(8)A Copy of Your I D For Identification.

Please do contact the diplomat agent with the email below with the information required immediately.
Contact Person : Lawson Obed
Phone Number: 850 6655 224
He is waiting to hear from you today with the information.

NOTE : The Diplomat agent does not know that the content of the consignment box is $3.6 Million United States Dollars and on  circumstances should you let him know the content. The consignment was moved from here as family values, so never allow him to open the box.
Yours Sincerely,

Rev. Joe Benson
TELEPHONE:+229 9822 1999.

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