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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. DOUGLAS MORRISON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 12:51:02 +0200
Subject: YOURE URGENT ATTENTION, (Email Or Call The Agent At (

Attn Package Beneficiary:
I want to acknowledge you that we have finally succeeded in getting your package worth’s of $4.5million out of (ECOWAS) Economic Community of West African States department with the help of Mr. James George Attorney General of Federal High Court of Justice Benin Republic which act as your foreign Attorney representative here in Benin Republic.
Meanwhile every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the Agent Jerry cook for the delivery of your Consignment Box and every Document guiding your delivery is well updated so you are advised to reconfirm your full delivery information to the Agent  Jerry cook right now as he is currently at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)new york with your Consignment Box. He has already called me with his number on his arrival 4hours ago.
He is waiting to hear from you today with the information, NOTE:The Diplomatic agent Jerry cook does not know that the content of the consignment box is $4.5Million and on no circumstances should you let him know the content. The consignments was moved from here as india Cloths, so never allow him to open the box on OK.
He is waiting to hear from you today with the information,
So you are advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to the diplomat and ask him to send you the DHL Airway Bill so as to prove to you that he is currently in your country also ask him to give you his mobile number so as to have easy conversation with him and to enable you give him full direction to get your Consignment Box delivered to you and hand you over your Consignment Box safe and sound, Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as the Agent Jerry cook has no time to waste due to his flight ticket. So the Information you are required to reconfirm to the Agent Jerry cook is as Follow.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address==== ====
(4)Fax Number================
(7)Nearest Airport ==============
(8)Passport/Drivers license ======
Kindly contact him via his email address, Contact person, Name Agent Jerry cook Email Address ( this is his direct line mobile phone number (315)3070920 So contact him to deliver your consignment box first thing tomorrow morning possibly today, Make sure the bellow stated codes are identified when contacting him and the content of the box should not be revealed for his does not know the content as it's a VIP Delivery dispatched directly from my office and the director of the Company.
TRANSACTION CODE 7126/JLFS/7138/17305/
The Director of DHL Courier Company Benin Republic

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