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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. Robert David" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:07:00 +0600 (BDT)

Attn Please,

This is serves as urgent notice.

Your Waybill tracking number: 1736996225,

The management of DHL Courier Company wish’s to inform you that your
shipment was stopped at CINCINNATI HUB, OH - USA on Wednesday, November
21, 2012 due to lack of clearance documentation and during our
correspondent to the Custom Authority they requested for some vital
document to enhance the immediate release of your shipment to you.

So the management of this company is hereby advised you to fine below
details and send the documentation fee of 65 usd via Western Union to
speed up the delivery process today.

Below is the detail where to send the 65 ASAP.

Receipt Name/ james ngosine
Destination/ Cotonou- Benin
Address/ 455 Agbokou Ankpa Road Cotonou
Question/ Urgent
Answer/ Needed
Amount/ $65

We are definitely expecting your urgent respond to enhance the immediate
release of your shipment today.


Rev. Dr. Robert David, Director Shipment Officer

Tel +229 94995377


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