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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: Dhl Express Company <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:50:16 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: from DHL Express Shipments

DHL Express Shipments
TEL: ( +229) 98211297)
 your package was move and track this No. 4413325066 This is your consignment box. Content just 1.5million usd. Coming to you  it is on Traffic now. Because you did not send the $85 that require for the settlement of  customs. and the assurance to cover the package. Because you know that the  Package content is money. So it will have insurance which total the $85 and it  is urgent need. right now. see your tracking number and track the package Rush to  western union or money Gram send the $85.00
Sign by Me Elizabeth TO usa
Track DHL Express Shipments
DHL’s online tracking is the fastest way to find out where your shipment is. No  
need to call Customer Service when we can offer you real-time details of your  
shipment’s progress as it speeds through the DHL Network on the way to its  
Track the consignment,Tracking No 4413325066
So if you did not sent the $85 now the $1.5million usd in the consignment will  
diverted Final.

So go and send the $85 with the below name

Receivers Name=====MR Okoye Lawrence
Country============Benin Republic
Text question=======Urgent
Text answers======= Needed
MTCN Number=======?
Senders Name=======

We are waiting for the mtcn number now.
Address:  Cotonou-Benin

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