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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 Susan White <>
Reply-To: Mrs Susan White <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:18:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Regards

Atention: Beneficiary
We have finally succeeded in getting your ATM CARD worthy of $5.5million out of delivery your package with the help of Dr William Dagar Attorney General of Federal High Court of Justice Benin which act as your foreign Attorney representative here in Benin.
So every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the Agent Mr. Jeffy Anderson of your package and every Documents guiding your delivery is well updated so you are advice to re-confirm your full delivery information to the Agent right now as he is currently at your City now with your package, As he called me this morning to inform me that he misplaced your delivery address which he has.
So you are advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to the diplomat and call him with this number
313-468-1210 .so as to have easy conversation with him and to enable you give him full direction to get your package delivered to you and hand you over your package safe and sound, Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as the Agent Mr. William Dagar has no time to waste due to his flight ticket,
So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
Your Full Name
Mobile Phone Number
Current Home Address
Fax Number
So contact him to deliver your package first thing tomorrow morning possibly today, So get back to us immediately you contact the Agent to make sure that your fund has getting to you without any hitch
Furthermore remember the Agent delivering the package does not know the content of that consignment box is money, Because the Attorney which represented you registered it as a family value to avoid hitch during the delivery so unknown circumstances should you let him know the content of that ATM CARD is $5.5million to avoid lost of your fund as your ATM CARD was Sign and Stamp by Federal Ministry of Justice to make sure that it is protected until it gets to you.
William Dagar

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