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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: "johnson.williams" <>
Reply-To: "johnson.williams" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:15:22 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention Please.

 Attention Please.
My name is Mr.Johnson Williams an International Diplomat Agent, and I sign to deliver your consignment box of $2.500, 000, 00 US Dollars cash payment from Global Max Trust Courier Sevice and I sign to deliver your Metal Trunk boxes to you.
I arrive Sacramento international airport california 6900 Airport Blvd(USA ) this Morning, and will like to fly down direct to your locations and deliver your consignment box with the Reference CODE: FMP232BN, REG: 0229BJ and Batch Number 55674 to your home address today, 
Please make sure you wait for me at home because my boss instructed me to make sure I deliver your box direct to you. The only problem delaying me here now is that california customs service here in california International Airport, they request for customs permit to prove that your consignment box is legal approve from Cotonou International Airport, Benin Republic in Africa which is the origin country of your consignment box.
I quickly contact Cotonou International Airport, Benin Republic, for the document and I was told that it will cost you the sum of $50, to obtain the document and Fax to me here in california international airport california (USA ) 
So you have to quickly come down to Sacramento international airport california to settle this problem with the customs, so I can deliver your box to you today Or you can go-ahead and send the $50, to Cotonou International Airport, Benin Republic to enable them obtain the document and forward it to us here in Sacramento international airport california so that customs here in airport will release your consignment to me.
Go and send the $50, through western union money transfer agent to below information if you will not be able to come over here in airport california to settle with customs:
RECEIVER NAME:= = = Mike idigoCOUNTRY: = = = =BENIN REPUBLICCITY: = = = = = COTONOUTEST QUESTION: = = = GREEN?TEST ANSWER: = = = YELLOWAMOUNT:= = = $50, MTCN: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ., 
Please go and send the $50, through western union money transfer agent to the above information to enable them receive it on time today, so that they can help us obtain the needed document there in Benin Republic International Airport and fax it to us here. Immediately you send the $50, forward the MTCN: I need to deliver your consignment to you today, and I don't want customs here to open the consignment box as my boss instructed me due to the content of your consignment box.
Am waiting for you as soon as possible as soon you send the $50, to the above information. Please try and reach me with my Call international roaming number +229-98-944-811as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in New Zealand. Please open the attached on the email and via my diplomatic agent identification I.D for proof and please keeps it safe.
Sincerely, Mr.Johnson WilliamsGlobal Max Trust Courier Sevice International Diplomat AgentE-mail { } 

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