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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: "Mr. Sema Kolin" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:40:10 +0100
Subject: Contact DHL Courier Service Now

This is to inform you that ECOWAS UNION has instructed DHL Courier
Service to deliver your Package funds of $2.5 Million dollar to you..
DHL will deliver your Package funds to you as soon as you send your
contact home address to them.. You will not pay for delivering fee;;
You will pay for the insurance fee only..

Contact DHL office Now and Send your contact home address to them as
it below to deliver your Package funds to you;

Full Name:
Home Address:
Country AND City:
Zip/postal code
Cell Phone Numbers

Below is the contact information of DHL office for you to send your
home address to them.

DHL Office
contact person: Mr. Djbril Wassu
EMAIL:: ( )

It is only the insurance fee that you will pay to DHL office... So
Send your home address correctly to DHL to avoid deliver your Package
funds to wrong address.

Best regard
Mr. Sema Kolin

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