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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: "winder" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:46:12 -0800
Subject: Contact the courier company for the delivered immediately

Good Day ,
Be inform that your Winning compensated sum of ($3.500,000.00USD) has been converted into ATM-CARD due to your delay ,Kindly Contact Dr kenneth. harrison ,via:email( ) Tel Phone Number:+229-99614744 with your information for delivery.So contact TNT courier company in benin republic with your full info,

Your home address_______
Your full name____________
Your country______________
Your age_________________
Your occupation___________
Your Phone number________

Regards Engr David,Winder

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