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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: "Mrs: Maria Jonathan" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs: Maria Jonathan" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:48:05 +0000 (UTC)


We have finally arranged to deliver your $5,700,000.00 USD through DHL Company
and we were able
to accomplish this through the help of Mr.Raymond Hillary Of federal
high court of justice and
every necessary arrangement has been made Successfully with the DHL delivery
company director
Mr. ANDREW LEONARD Contact the Director with your delivery information, your
name, phone number,
address, and Your receiver's Identity Card , Kind Regards Mrs Maria Jonathan,

Best Regards
Mrs: Maria Jonathan

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