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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: "Rev.Dr.Paul Idiris,J.P" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:13:55 +0100
Subject: Your consignment box unlocking code is BRK.25H680AD,Call him 509-414-6172

Your consignment box unlocking code is BRK.25H680AD,Call him 509-414-6172
Attn: Beneficiary,
I wish to inform you that the diplomatic agent conveying the consignment box valued the sum of $7.5Million
United States Dollars misplaced your delivery address and he is currently stranded at SAN MARCOS Airport TEXAS.
We required you to reconfirm the following information as stated below for safe delivery to you.

Full Name: -----------------------------
Nationality ----------------------------
RESIDENTIAL Address ---------------------
Nearest Airport--------------------------
Direct Phone No --------------------------
ID ATTACHMENT-------------------------

Contact the Diplomatic agent Mr.PAUL CLINTON E-mail him with the information at:=E-mail(
He is waiting to hear from you today with the information at the Airport NB: The Diplomatic agent does not know
that the content of the consignment box is $7.5 Millions United States Dollars and on no circumstances should you
let him know the content.Call him on 509-414-6172.
Managing Director ECOWAS

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