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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: "scott" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:47:30 -0500

I have Paid for the delivery fee for your Cheque Draft. but the manager of Financial Trust Bank Plc Benin Republic told me that before the checkwill get to you that it will expire. So I told him to cash £2.8Million all the necessary arrangement of delivering the £2.8Million in cash was made with DHL COURIER SERVICES DIRECTOR. Below is the needed informationto enable them delivering your fund to you immediately? The only fee you have to pay them is £125   that they will use to obtain insurance certificate and claims of affidavit that will prove that the parcel thatconsist total sum of £2.8Million belong to you be rest assure that all other fees have been paid by me. DHL COURIER SERVICES
PHONE NUMBER:  +229 96040606
FIRST NAME==============LAST NAME ==============OCCUPATION=============YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS.====AGE====================YOUR PICTURE.===========YOUR NEXT OF KIN========TELPHONE NUMBER=======FAX NUMBER=============OFFICE ADDRESS ==========NEAREST AIR PORT ========
PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION : (PASSPORT OR DRIVES' LICENSE 0140479==========Please make sure you send this needed info to the Director general of DHL  COURIER SERVICES DR DAVID ROBERT  with the address given to you. Note; The DHL COURIER SERVICES LTD don’t know the contents of the Box. Iregistered it as a Box of family valuable belongs. They don't know it contents fund. This is to avoid them delaying with the Box. Don’t let them know that is money that is in that Box. I am waiting for your
urgent response.
Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mr. Williams Ume
General Secretary. 

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