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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 00:26:30 -0800
Subject: Your Package Have Sucessfully Arrive Your Country


I'm Agent Tony Obi,i am the UN diplomatic agent conveying your package consignment from Nigeria right now i am at the JFK International Aiport, USA. I have been trying to reach you on your phone some hours ago, just to inform you about my successful arrival to your country, with your package box of consignment worth $3.6 Dollars which I have been instructed by Global Freight Delivery Company to be delivered to you. But is quite unfortunate that i misplace your information giving to me so i decide to write you through email for immediate action and reconfirmation of your information so i will proceed to your nearest Airport and deliver your package to you.

Get back to me now as soon as possible and reconfirm the below details;

Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Tel:
Your Nearest Airport:
Identification Card:

Get back to me with the below information so i will proceed to your destination with your consignment box today.

Email :( )


Tony Obi.
UN Diplomatic Agent .

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