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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: David Ellis <>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 16:12:03 +0100
Subject: Diplomatic Delivery of Your Fund


I am David Ellis of The Funds Clearing House London. I decided to contact
you because of the prevailing financial report reaching my office and the
intense nature of polity in London.

This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash
delivery system, This system will be easier for you and for us. We are
going to send your payment to you via Diplomatic courier. I have secured
every needed documents to cover the fund.

Note: This fund is coming in 2 security proof boxes which are sealed with
Synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. I will use my position to
release this fund to you. The boxes are coming with a Courier agent who
will deliver them to you at your home address.

All you need to do now is to send to me:

1. Your name in full: ....................
2. Address: ..............................
3. Date of birth...........................
4. Phone: ................................
5. Occupation: ...........................

Note: The Agent does not know the contents in these boxes, the content was
declared to him as Sensitive Photographic Film Materials I will secure the
clearance Certificate that will be tagged on the boxes which I will
dispatch along with the security inner Keys of the consignments to enable
you access them as soon as they are delivered to you. Please respond back
as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
David Ellis.
Funds Clearing House
tel: +44 703 194 9292

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