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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: "Total Petroleum PLC." <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:00:05 +0000 (UTC)

Attention Please!!!
I have registered your ATM CARD of £2.2 million with Dhl Express with registration code of (DCJKT00678G). please Contact with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:
Dhl Benin Office:Contact Person: Rev.Onwuegbu JiajiE-mail: dhl_dispatch_dept@fastservice.comTel:+22964460437
I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you can pay it.
Promotion OfficerYOURS SINCERELY,Names:Mrs Sandra Anne IbehWebsite: sandra.a.ibeh@secretary.netAddress:No.85Queen rue bph141 Kingston Street, Cotonou Benin EC4V, 4AB Saves time, send money, earn rewards! Total Petroleum is a service people trust. ANNIVERSARY DAY Thank you for using Total Petroleum!

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