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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: "prueba" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:17:42 -0400

Am DIPLOMATIC MR MARK JAMES I have been trying to reach you on your telephone
about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: Address: 3200 East Airfield Drive DFW
Airport Texas 75261 (US) with your two boxes of consignment worth $1.4 million
USA dollars which I have been instructed by fed ex DIPLOMATIC COURIER SERVICE
to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back
up to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money.

I have presented the paper works I handed to them and they are very much
pleased with the paper works I presented but the only thing that is still
keeping me here is the fed ex Force of nature tag for airport delivery
clearance which is not placed on the boxes, one of the Airport Authority has
advise that we get the delivery FORCE OF NATURE TAG so that I can exit the
airport immediately and make my delivery successful .

I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery tag will cost us just
$150 Dollars only to get the two tags placed on the boxes as that tag will
enable me get to your house successfully without any interference,they scanned
the boxes and found out that the fund is 100 % spend able and accepted by any
bank in the whole world.

As I can not afford to spend any more time here due to other delivery I have
to take care of BOXED SHIPMENT until it is deposited in Bank. Here are the
paper works backing up the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany
you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these paper
works. I have more vital paperwork's with me but I can only present you the
hard copy when I reach your house as that it is the diplomatic rules, such as
authorization to deliver.
reconfirm the following information's below so that i can deliver your boxed
consignment to your personal receipt today.

NAME: ====================
ADDRESS: =====================
MOBILE NO.:=======================

You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office in Nigerian fed ex as they will
get the force of nature tags here for you and they are entitled to receive and
make any payment to foreign countries authority. DIPLOMATIC MR MARK JAMES is
my name Here is my cell phone to contact me.(682)841 5978) asap So you have to
contact me with this email address (

COUNTRY .......... Nigeria
CITY ....................... Lagos
TEXT ANSWER ........ B
AMOUNT..................$150 USD

After sending the payment to Our Head Office in Nigerian fed ex email me with
the payment information such as mtcn number also senders name text question
and answer to enable me to reach them with the payment details so they can get
the tags obtain and Fax it to me one hand so i can make my next step to your
address today due to the force of nature tags of the boxes is my only delay
now .Here Is Your Package Unlock CODE(AWB33XZS for undisclosed shipment
content as a diplomatic delivery.
Urgent Response is needed because here is very busy Email

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