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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: "Total Petroleum PLC." <>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:59:19 +0200
Subject: Attention Please!!!

Dear Friend,
Good Day, I hereby wish to inform you that we the management and staff
of Total Multi-National Oil Company have compensated you during our
yearly award night.
However, I have tried several times to e-mail you but it fails, now
let me clarify you most about this subject matter that your award Bank
Cashier Check worth $3.7million dollars was supposed to be sent to you
via speed post but the bankers advised that it will get expired upon
your reception.
I need you to reconfirm your personal info which has to be sent to the
Dhl management to allow them verify it through their computer system
before contacting you later in the day.
However I have to make another solid arrangement to have your funds
uploaded via ATM VISA ELECTRON CARD then registered it with the DHL
Service here in Benin Republic. I will soon be on annual leave which
will last several weeks.
I have secured the insurance fees and duty stamp fees, The only money
you have to send to them is their SECURITY FEES which will allow you
to receive your package as I do not know when you will be contacting
them with this address: Person: Rev. Onwuegbu Jiaji
( OR Company E-mail
( Tel/Fax: +22964460437.
Therefore reconfirm to the DHL your personal information for
verification and to enable them locate you immediately when they
arrived in your country home door step for the said delivery.
Note; This is the code which you send to them for verification
(DH011). Also do let me know as soon as you received your package
I expect you to adhere according to their instructions to enable them
complete your shipment at the earliest time possible because time is
no longer our friend in this case. I shall scan the photocopy of your
cashier check for your perusal understanding.
Kindly let me learn more news as you progress with the courier
management, also let me know if there is any question because it will
allow me to clarify you more on the subject.
Thanking you in advance for your comprehension and anticipated cooperation.
May God Bless you and have a pleasant time with your family.
Always at your humble service.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Sandra Anne Ibeh
Principal secretary
Total Petroleum PLC.
Benin Republic.

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