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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: "Diplomat Silver G." <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 05:47:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Good Day To You,

Good Day To You,
I am Diplomat Silver G.Gordom ; I have been trying to reach you on your telephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in your International Airport with your ATM CARD package (funds) worth of $850,000USD Dollars which Ihave been instructed by ECOWAS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF SCAM VICTIMS ORGANIZATION WORLD WILD to be delivered to you.
The airport authority demanded for the legal back up papers to prove that the ATM CARD funds is no way related to drug nor money laundry which i did presented to them and they were very much pleased with the papers i presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Tag which is not placed on the packages ( Funds ), one of the Airport Authority has advise that I should get the delivery tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful Direct to your House Registered Address.
I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery tag will cost just $95.00 Dollars only to get the tag placed on the package because that tag will enable me get to your house successfully without any interference.
They have scanned the package and found out that the fund is 100% spendable and accepted by any bank in the whole world.

So they only thing still keeping me here is the airport delivery tag which is to be secured from our head office and sent over here to be placed on the package so as to enable me proceed to meet with you.
So you are hereby advised to send the $95 through MONEY-GRAM to the information provided to you and get back to me with the Payment details so i can forward it to our head office for them to pick up the money, secure the tag and direct it over here to be placed on the package so as to enable me proceed to meet with you.
Send the $95.00 through MONEY-GRAM with Below information.
Receiver Name:________ OKONKWO EZENNIA GABRIEL
Country:________Benin Republic
Text Question:________GOD IS
Text Answer:________GOOD.
Amount:________$95.00 usd
MTCN NUMBER:________
Sender's Name:________

Please i am expecting you with MONEY-GRAM payment information’s.
Please try and reach me with my international roaming number (+229-99481913, E-mail ( ) As  I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in Bangk.
         Best Regard
      Silver G.Gordom
Diplomatic Assigned Agent

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