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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: Dr.Ben Wilson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:47:06 +0530
Subject: Attention:Please


This is to inform you that your fund which you have been Processing for some period of years Valved Of $5.1 Million Dollars is now coming through Diamond Expres Courier Diplomatic means to your door steps in cash.From from the federal Government of Royal Kingdom.

We advised you to forward your delivery information to Diamond World Express Courier Service at(


Mr.Matthew Williams
Office Line:+44-87-191-597-60
Office Address: 18 Scotland Green,
N17 9TS, United Kingdom

Here is the information needed to deliver your consignment box to your door steps.

Your Full Name: _________________
Your Complete Address : ______________________________
Country /City of Residence:____________________
Direct Home Telephone /Mobile Number:_______________________
copy of your id for identifications if any; _________


As soon as the Diamond Express World Courier service receive this information required from you the Consignment briefcase worth of $5.1 Million Dollars will be delivered to you immediately and the date of their official arriving in your Country will be given to you also.

The reason we choose Diamond Express world courier diplomatic means is that we were unalbe to make a bank to bank transfer to your account.We therefore advise you to make sure that you are always respond to the Diamond every e-mail they send to you as to enable you have successful delivery.Thanks.

Yours In Service

Signed By

Diamond Courier Awaits Your Reply.
Dr.Ben Wilson.

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