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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 PHIL WILSON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:28:07 -0700
Subject: I am looking forward to your prompt advice

Good Day,
My Name is Dr phil wilson, i am placing an urgent matter that i will want you to help me handle,However, permit me to inform you of my desire in seeking for your aid and assistance towards securing my consignment, I am contacting you in respect of my Consignments worth $30 million usd. that is presently in India with a reliable delivery agent under United Nations.
This Consignment was suppose to be delivered to my partner Mr. Brent Mushir In India, the agreement i made with Mr. Brent Mushir was that i will give him 20% of the total of my consignment, this was the reason why i advice the diplomat Mr.Paul Mills to deliver my consignment to Mr. Brent Mushir In India .To my greatest surprise when diplomat arrived in india International Airport with my consignment, Mr.Brent Mushir change his mind from our initial agreement of 20% to 60% of the total amount of my consignment. i was so surprised and confused because that was not in our agreement.
I was so scared that Mr.Brant Mushir will take advantage on me when my consignment is delivered to him, so i stop the delivery not to be made to Mr.Brent Mushir again, like i said my Consignment is presently with Diplomat Paul Mills in the india International Airport, As a matter of fact i need your urgent assistance to help me receive this consignment from the diplomat in india, i am willing to offer you 25% of the total fund. because the diplomat is very ready to deliver the consignment to you as soon as possible.
Also i am also willing to invest 40% of the funds in your custody, because my late father warn me never to put all my eggs in one basket, long terms or short terms, this are the wise saying of my father so this is one of the reasons why i had decided to invest 40% of my fund with your assistance! in any of the lucrative sector in your country. Please get back to me as soon as possible with the following details:
Full Names:..............
Resident Address.............
Tel/cell Numbers:................
I am looking forward to your prompt advice, as soon as i hear from you i will send you the diplomat's telephone number, so that you will open up a communication with him there in india and also i will also give you the code that you will use to open the trunk box of the consignment for inspection when you are with the diplomat.
Yours Truly
Dr phil wilson.

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