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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. George Moore" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. George Moore" <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:16:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DHL International Benin

DHL International Benin Lot No.

23 Patte D'Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou, Benin Republic.
DHL Express is a well-established company offering courier and transport
Services 24 hours for priority
delivery of letters,
parcels and consignments
to any destination by road, air or sea.

Good, day

an A.T.M- MASTERCARD package that contain the total sum of $1.300,
000.00 USD that we registered this morning in our office on your name
and it was deposited to this office by the United Nations {HEAD
CONSULTANT} saying that it was won by your email
address in their ongoing Scam Victim random selection Compensation
scheme 2015 in association with the International Corporation of Benin
Republic OIL&GAS LTD.
So contact our delivery department with
your receiving information and as soon as we confirm your details, our
delivery team will commence towards the delivery of your package to your
home address.

You would be required to submit your information such as:

Your full Name:
Your home address where the ATM CARD package will be delivered:
Your phone Number: Your country:
Nearest Airport:

shall proceed
on your delivery as soon as we confirm your information with $105usd
only for the delivery of your package, and I also wish to inform you
that your package will be arrived to your country at any moment from

Contact Person: Mr. George Moore Office: Head Dispatch Officer. Email Address: Reply Phone: +229-98094896

await your prompt positive response. CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The
information contained in this message is confidential. This message is
intended to be read only by the person named above. The unauthorized
use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this message is strictly
prohibited. This mail was sent on behalf of ATM CARD delivery in DHL
delivery code of Conduct.

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