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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: Rev jerry mark <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:51:51 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: very urgent pls read

Attn My Dear ,

I have been trying to reach you on your telephone about an hour now
just to inform you regarding the delivering of your fund with
the dhl company Benin agent, he will need your information to complete the
delivery of your package Email and call diplomat Mr. Kevin Anthony with this
email( he is in john f Kennedy international
airport new york with your {ATM Visa Card} worth of your $3.8m you
can email him with ( also call
him with this (917 )503 0037 Reconfirm to him for verifications

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Best Regard,
Rev Jerry Mark
D H L Courier Company

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