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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. John Wilson" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:08:17 +0600

Good News!!!

I have paid the delivery fees for your check $2.5million and all the
necessary Arrangement has made WITH SKYLINE COURIER COMPANY, You have to
contact SKYLINE courier company with this below information for delivery.

Contact Person ( MR. CAPT JOHN )
E-mail... (
Telephone.... (+229- 999-225-62)

Send to them below information

Your full name………….
Your country…………………….
Your home delivers address……….
Your current home telephone number

Please do let me know once you receive your Consignment box.

Best Regard
Dr. John Wilson

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