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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: "DHL DELIVERY COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:49:31 -0600
Subject: Contact The Delivery Office....!!!

Hello Friend,

Good day to you and your family, first i will like to welcome you to a time of uplifting for you and your family because this is a news and information that will change your life for ever.

However Honorable Parkson Amora asks me to contact you that is why i have been trying to send you this email for the past three days Now. He told me to tell you that your compensation check of One million United states dollars ( 1,000,000:00 ) is available for you to cash as soon as you get it. The check was given to me by Mr. Parkson Amora before he traveled to Australia for Vacation. Since i have been putting this in place for the delivery of your check to you in your Country.

I have deliver your check to the delivery company that will be responsible for the delivery of your check, Mr. Parkson Amora unable to take care of the delivery fee of the Check before he left on His vacation. So go ahead and contact the delivery company via the delivery agent on Phone and email.

Delivery Company Information:

Agent Name: Agent Mr. Heny Jackson
Phone: +2347084893187.

I have decided to send you an email now because they said it is 2days delivery after the payment of $70 have been confirm by them.

Here is the information for Western Union Money Transfer.

Sender's Name...............
Sender's Address..................
Receivers Name: Paul Akin
Receivers Address: Lagos - Nigeria.
Text Question: What Colour?
Text Answer: Yellow.
Amount: - $70
Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN).

As soon as you contact him i want you to email me. Your parcel is in good hands and is ready for delivery.

Mr. Parkson Amora

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