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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:

Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 13:36:47 -0400 (PYT)
Subject: GOOD NEWS


I have Paid the Shipping fee for your Check of 1.2 million dollars for scam and fraud victim compensation .but the The Director of United bank Of Africa Benin Rep Dr Emma Eze told me that before the check will get to you that it will expired and the director told us that is not easy for the bank to cleared check that contained huge amount of money in your country due to the rate of fake check that is coming from Africa So we told the director of the United bank of Africa to cash the $1.2 MILLION DOLLARS and he cash it and register it in cash with DHL SHIPPING DELIVERING COMPANY registration Number of your Package;EG58945 CODE NUMBER: PX002 all the necessary arrangement of delivering your $1.2 MILLION DOLLARS in cash was made with DHL COMPANY.

As for our agreement with the DHL COMPANY your package will leave this Country tomorrow morning,Please reconfirm your contacts information to DHL Company to able them meet up with you immediately the Diplomat Agent arrived to your Country .

Contact person: Director Mr FRANK UDO
Tel: +2348086568555 OR +229 98797889

Please, Send them your contacts information to able them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your fund.This is what they need from you. 1.YOUR FULL NAME2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.3.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE6.YOUR NEAREST AIRPORT

Note . The DHL COMPANY don't know the contents of this Boxes.They did not know the contents was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOXES.So do not let the company know the content of the package because we register the fund as family treasure . You can call the Director of DHL company with this line:+2348086568555

Hon Charles Udo
Former Governor Central Bank Of Africa

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