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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR.ALFRED" <>
Reply-To: "MR.ALFRED" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:14:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact (Director DHL Diplomatic Courier Company)

 Dear Good Day,
Compliment of the day to you and your family.I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick up your compensation Check which my boss left with me on his despature to England but I did not hear from you since that time till today.I went to the bank to confirm whether the Check is getting close to expire as it has been long time my boss issued the Check.The director of the bank Mr.Ahmed Zafa the Director of Financial Trust Bank Limited told me that before the draft will get to you that it will expire.Then I told him to help me and cash the Check worth of ($2.5M) to cash payment.

However,I have successfully cashed the draft and packaged it in two trunk boxes and have registered it in the DHL Courier Company here in Benin Republique because I will travel to see my boss in England and will not come back till August 20th 2013.You have to contact the DHL Diplomatic Courier Company with their conatact information below to know when they will deliver the two of your consignment boxes to your address.I have paid for the delivering charges and insurance fees.The only money you have to send to them is their official security keeping fees which is USD$125.00 USD to receive your boxes.Don't be deceived by anybody.I should have paid the keeping fee but I do not know how long it will take before you contact them and the keeping fee increases weekly.
This is their Contact Address:
Director Name:Mr.Christian Martins
(Director DHL Diplomatic Courier Company)
Fax:030-56799 2767
Their E-mail Contact:(

Send them your contacts information to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your package.
This is the information they needed from you..
1)Your Full Name ===============
2)Your Home Address=============
3)Your Fax==========
4)Your Cell Numbers==============
5)You personal identification===
6)Your Occupation=====
Below is your shipping code of the two of your consignment boxes so Contact them with the below code.

Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid the weekly increasing of the security keeping fee.Note;I didn't tell the DHL Diplomatic Courier Company that it's money inside the two trunk boxes,I registered it as a box of a Church Minister Materials.This is to avoid delay or any upfront problem during the delivery.So,do not let them know that the two trunk boxes contains money.Do let me know as soon as you received your boxes.You will contact me only through e-mail as my phone is no longer available now that I am out from our country.I may not be able to respond to you urgent but I will get back to you whenever I checked my email.
Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Yours sincerely,

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