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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: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:24:40 +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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