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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: "MRS ROSE LOPEZ" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 19:16:11 -0400
Subject: Hello,

Dear: Beneficiary,

In view of your inability to receive your package Reg #: SA335493RDK originally scheduled to be delivered to you by United Parcel Service Cotonou Benin Republic.

The package in a golden metal box valued US$2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred And Sixteen Thousand United States Dollars) will be delivered to your mailing address immediately you comply with UPS Courier for the delivery. You are advised to contact Dr. Zubby Uzo, with your full contact information where you want their Courier Company to dispatch your package to.

Contact: Dr. Zubby Uzo
E-mail: (
Tel: +229 98290607

I am hereby writing to inform you that United Parcel Service Benin Republic will need this below details from you to avoid delivery of your package to a wrong address. Below are the details they need from you,

Full Name.......
Country Name........
Delivery Address.......
Telephone Number......
Scan copy of your id

Please call Dr. Zubby Uzo for urgent delivery of your package. Be inform that you will send US$95.00 Ninety Five United States Dollars to them for their security keeping fees. Don't be deceive by anybody to pay any fee apart from the US$95.00 Dollars you were instructed to send to them.

The money will be sent to them immediately you contact them with the required details. Note that this notice serves as our last recovery notice to you as our department will be compelled to list your package as an unclaimed and maybe forfeited.

Best regards,
Mrs. Rose Lopez

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