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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: filesoffice office <>
Reply-To: filesoffice office <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:24:10 +0000 (UTC)

Attention Dear, I have registered your fund worth of 10.8 Million United States the UPS COURIER COMPANY to been delivered to you as a Consignment Box designate home address, And all the necessary arrangement of the delivering of your 10.8 Million United States Dollars,In cash was made with UPS COURIER COMPANY.SO CONTACT them now for the immeadiate delievring of your consignment box to your posital address.SO DO CONTACT THE UPS COURIER COMPANY DIERECTOR WITH THE BLLOW INFO.Ups Manager Mr.Kenneth Ifezuo,EMAIL( Telephone Number +229-995-229-09Send them your contacts info to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your.BOX.YOUR NAME................HOME ADDRESS..............PHONE Number..............COUNTRY........................SEX..AND YOURID............Note. The UPS courier don't know the contents of the Box.I register it as a Box of PRECIOUS VALUABLE tagg no:0047622THANK YOURegards,Mr.David. Wisdom

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