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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: D H L <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 15:35:39 +0100
Subject: Urgent Delivery Notice!! Please Read

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

Dear Customer,

How are you doing today? I am Mr. Chris Walker and i will be working as your delivery officer from our UK Office until you have received your Bank Draft worth of (£1, 000, 000 GBP) from us. To start with, let me also remind you that the funds which had been awarded to you with the aid of a ballot draw, was donated to you by the (COCA-COLA SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY COMMISSION) held on the 9th of November 2013 in London, United Kingdom.

This program was organized to help and assist individuals living in America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Your email address was selected during their last Donation Draw, all necessary arrangement relating to the release of your funds (£1,000,000 GBP) has been processed by the Coca-cola head office located in London UK.

In order for us to complete your delivery, you are therefore advised to fill up the delivery form below and send it back to us for immediate shipment of your Parcel with us to you.


{1} Your Home/Office Delivery Address:
{2} Your Tel # (Mobile):
{3} Your Nationality/Country:
{4} Your Full Names:
{5} Your Occupation:
{6} Date Of Birth:
{7} Sex:
{8} Please Create a delivery password:


DHL delivery is free, this means you will not be asked to provide any delivery cost to us. Also you are expected to provide the above information's to enable us carryout your delivery without any delay. Also it is very important to provide a valid password, because you will be asked by our delivery agent on time of delivery to re-enter your password before receiving your Package from him. Delivery from us to you will be between 12 - 24 hours from responds to this Update. We kindly awaits your mail with delivery details.

Mr. Chris Walker.
DHL Courier Service.
United Nations Association
Delivery & Security Programmed Officer.
+44 - 7042053551

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