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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, 27 Jul 2012 11:07:59 -0400
Subject: Urgent call 607)241-6988

I'm Diplomatic Agent Mr Seay William; I have been trying to reach you on your
telephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in

Kennedy JFK International Airport New York NY,with your two boxes of
consignment worth $3. Million Dollars which I have been instructed by ECOWAS

COMPANY to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the
legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with
drug nor fraud

money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are 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 boxes, one of the Airport
Authority has advise that we get the delivery 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 tag placed on
the boxes

as that tag will enable me

Please try as much as you can to reach me on Phone below 607)241-6988 as I can
not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care
of in

Bangkok.You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here
for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign

authority. Email me with below information to enable me know your arrangement
for the $150. EMAIL.[]

Below is the informatoon where the payment of $150 will be transfer to Federal
Ministry of Finnace Nigeria where the Tag Deliver will be issue in your name.

CITY: .................LAGOS
ZIP CODE: ............234
AMOUNT..................$150 USD

After sending the payment to Our Head Office in Nigerian ups 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 R


Diplomat Mr Seay William

Urgent call 607)241-6988

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