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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: "Forward delivery service" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:36:41 -0000
Subject: Immediate Delivery

Immediate Delivery

This is a reminder that Your package has been awaiting delivery in our transit point London (England) It has been on hold awaiting pickup since October 30th,2014 You are expected to email us with a confirmation of the exact recipient address.

Recipient Postal Details required are stated below;


>From our database,it appears that your package is certisfied cheque coming from an online email lottery with a high priority delivery (highly classified package),so you should attend to this case's also advised that you Confirm if you
wish to come to our office in London for a personal pickup or if you want us to deliver to you in your location.

For more info, kindly reply only with the required information to ( or call mr. Arnold Hayes on +447466447906 . Note this is a highly valuable delivery and so,you must attend to all messages promptly

Arnold Hayes
(Delivery Agent)
Tel: +447466447906

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