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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: Robert Collins <>
Reply-To: Robert Collins <>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 05:49:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

Your amount credited in the card is $6.5million best regards,
The {un] { Economic} welfare committee, be informed that you have been awarded a compensation. A worldwide compensation for the current economic meltdown. congratulation : I have finally registered your ATM Master Card with DHL Courier Company this morning after the agreement to pay you via debit card which will allow you withdrawal from any automated teller machine around you. as we agreed, and the delivery will take off immediately you made contact with them based on my agreement with DHL Director Mr,Jeffer Koffi,
Contact them your delivery information as follow,
Your Name-------
Your Home Address-----
Your County-----
Your Age/sex-----
Direct Phone number---
Your Occupation----

Contact Person: Mr,Jeffer Koffi
Phone no { +22999166148 }

Once again you have been awarded $6.5million
Best Regards,
Mr Robert Collins.

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