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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 Muzzafar Khan <>
Reply-To: Mr Muzzafar Khan <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:54:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Lucky Beneficiary,

 Dear Lucky Beneficiary,
 REPUBLIC OF BENIN COTONOU, and PAYMENT NOTIFICATION this is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM Card. I paid it because the ATM Card is 8119 ($3.5m) united state dollars, has less fourteen days to expire and when it expires, the money will go into Government purse. With that I decided to help you pay the money so that, the ATM Card will not expire, because I know when you will get your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.
Now i want you to contact DHL COURIER SERVICE with your Full Contact information’s so that they can deliver your Card to your designated address without any delay. Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees of 78usd since they refused. They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and demur-rage might have increase.
Receiver name-------------- Country--------------------City-----------------------Tell-----------------------Age-------------- Sex---------------- Id-------------------------
They told me that their keeping fees are $125 USD that is the only money you are going to send to them. Below is their Contact Information’s, Contact Person: Mr.Muzaffar Khan, DHL Delivery ServiceEmail: (

Contact today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your kind. Call +229 68 02 09 55Best Regard Mr Muzzafar Khan

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