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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. Pat Nathaniel " <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Pat Nathaniel " <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:57:00 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Please indicate the registration Code of (CD0081)

 Good Day My Dear,

I have registered your package of (US $2.5million) with SPEED TRUST Courier Company
with registration code of (CD0681) please Contact them with your delivery
information:such as your name, address and phone number.

Person to contact is: DR NELSON UDO.
E-mail: (
contanct num:+2347033340263

I have paid for the Delivery fee.The only fee you will pay to them is their
Security fee of only. Please indicate the registration Code of (CD0081) to them, call
and ask them how you can send their Security fee so that you can pay it

Best Regards.
Mr. Pat Nathaniel

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