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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: "MR. BEN DOUGLAS" <>
Reply-To: "MR. BEN DOUGLAS" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 03:05:08 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Your Package Delivery Information

                                                                                  Global tracking from DHL Express                                     

Dearest Friend,

Good news. I wish to let you know that reactivation and the delivery of your cargo trunk box to you have been paid, since it has limit days to expire and when it expires, your funds will go into The Government Purse, then I paid the Reactivation fee, Registration and Freight charges. The Cargo Trunk Box will be transport to you through DHL Courier Service Benin, then you must contact DHL Courier Service Benin today for delivery of your cargo trunk box to you without any delay, I know when you get your Cargo Trunk Box definitely you will repay me back the money I have spent so far and even reward me for good work, meanwhile I did not pay their official security/storage charges of ( $99.00 ).

Now contact DHL Courier Service Benin transit director MRS. JANET MILO today, and supply him the below requested info such as,
Full name: ..................
Delivery address: ........................
Cell # / Tel #: .......................
Country/Occupation/Gender: .....................

Therefore, send all the requested info to MRS. JANET MILO, to below E-mail address, also ask him to provide you with the information where you will pay the official security/storage charges of ( $99.00 ).

Tel: +229-93-19-77-200-0

Do that quickly because the official security/storage charges of ( $99.00 ) is all you have to pay to receive your Cargo Trunk Box, no more charges after paying ( $99.00 ).

. M. Ben Douglas.

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