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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 COURIER SERVICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 19:39:46 +0100
Subject: Your (£850,000 GBP) Funds Transfer Alert

105 Mayes Road, Wood Green
London, N22 6UP. UK.
Tel: +44 - 7042053551.

Dear Customer!!!
This is to notify you, that your Bank Check worth of (£850,000 GBP) has finally been deposited in our office in South London by the (UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION) here in London UK. The said Bank Check will be delivered to you upon your response to this notification latter.
Please get back to us for your delivery details.
DHL Courier Management Team
All rights reserved. 2012

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