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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: "Mr. Daniel Turner" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Daniel Turner" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:13:50 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn and Urgent Pls

I am diplomatic agent Daniel Frank Turner, am here to bring the notice to you please what is going on? Where are you right now? I have been called you and you don’t pick up my calls, well if what am hearing is not truth kindly get back to me very urgent to this email, we have a crucial situation here in this airport, please I need to know the truth before handing over your consignment to them for me to go back to my country, the situation here now in this airport is that some group of persons in number of two united state of America came to this airport and told me that you had an auto-crash last week and you died two days ago thereafter, and that upon your death, you assigned them to be the next of kin over your funds and properties, so please I am very much confused here I don’t know what to do because they brought a death certificate signed by a medical doctor showing that you are dead.
    They also brought a signed letter of change of ownership and appointment of next-of-kin over your properties including your funds on the consignment box that are with me in this airport. they said that you even made a provision of the needed $109.00 US dollars for them to clear all the outstanding bill delaying the smooth delivery of your consignment box to you in your home, but personally I’m not well convinced that you are dead that is why I asked them to hold back the $109 usd and come back next week so that I will do my own investigations to find out if you are dead or alive because I am confuse if is truth okay.
      Prior to this development I told them to come back next week, but in the meanwhile I have reported this case to the airport police authority, so if indeed you are alive, I want you to write me back with your information immediately you receive this email before it will be too late and to decide on how to get them arrest with the airport police authority when those men comes back next week Monday, also go ahead to send the fee today.
You can contact with the following information email:( or call my director at +229-99318391, or you write me back with the payment information of the needed fee of $109 usd, you should send the fee to the Benin republic which is the origin country of the consignment box to our accountant agent Mrs. Mawusse.
Receiver name .......Mawusse Agathe Yeme
City.... COTONOU
Text question...I am
Amount.....$109 usd
Sender name.....
Kindly do that immediately because if you fail to do that, I will assume that you are dead as they have claimed, and hand over your consignment box worth the $4.5million USD, Four million five hundred thousand united state dollars over to them and go back to my country without continues the delaying, your non-compliance will mean that actually you are dead as they claim and I will not hesitate to hand over your consignment box to them and go back as they have pleaded to me.
So we are waiting to hear from you with payment details!
Yours faithfully
Diplomat Mr. Daniel Frank Turner
UPS company director James Edward at +229-99318391
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