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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: "scott" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 14:00:58 -0400
Subject: Please, I am Mr.Scott Martine the Diplomatic Agent of Dhl Courier delivery company Benin Republic

Hello my dear,

Please, I am Mr Scott martine the Diplomatic Agent of Dhl Courier Delivery
Company Benin Republic, Please I miss placed your original address I had due
to CUSTOMS /FBI/ CIA and POLICE searching and scanning on the Box as if I am a

They have confirmed that my movement is clear and with out any suspicious
intentions to this country only to deliver this Box to you and the documents
are updated.

I have just cleared the Box from the Customs and they are now demanding for
the certificate of ownership and the international consignment delivery
parmite (ICDP) from country of Fund origin and I told them that it will be
forwarded to them as soon as possible to enable me proceed to your house

Please,I want you to call my director in Benin Republic and forward your name
and your address to him and to enable him secure the requested certificate in
your name and send to me immediately for immediate release of your consignment
box, So I will proceed to your house today.

DR.Raphuel Croose (director)

Mr.Scott Martine (diplomatic agent)

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