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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: "DR FREDRICK SANCHEZ" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 16:04:48 +0200
Subject: Attn Fund Beneficiary

Attn Fund Beneficiary

We wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying your consignment box valued the sum of $1.5 Million United States Dollars misplaced your delivery address and he is currently stranded at your International airport now. We required you to reconfirm the following informations below so that he can deliver your consignment box to you today.

NAME: =================================
ADDRESS: ============================== ======
MOBILE NO.:======= ==============================
NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT:=============== ==============
A COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION :================= ==============

Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the email below with the informations required.Contact Person : AGENT DONALD PARKER EMAIL;( is waiting to hear from you today regarding your delivery informations.NOTE : The Diplomatic agent does not know that the content of the consignment box is $1.5 Millions United States Dollars.And on no circumstances should you let him know the content.The consignments was moved from here as box containing gold, so never allow him to open the box.

+229 66 485 244

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