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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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Fraud email example:

From: western union <>
Reply-To: western union <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:38:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day to you

Offers Shipping Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management and to any where in the world.
Company Address: DHL International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie
03 BP 2147
Mrs.Shirlene Nibbs
(+229) 6846-4541
Good day to you. This is to inform you that we are in possession of your registered Package which is to be couriered to you. The package is valued of valuable items as it has been registered here in our custody by the Manager of Eco bank Benin. Note that we also do not deliver to address or street corners but to your residence direct.
Kindly reconfirm your mailing address to avoid wrong delivery please: ...........................................
Full Name.........................
Delivery Address..........
Phone Number..............
It is the usual practice of our organization to conduct a proper verification of all parcels that we are to deliver to ensure that they are valid, be rest assured that your Package has been confirmed valid and true and delivery will be made once you have meet the necessary requirements.
We are a well established company offering courier and transport services 24 hours a day for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by road, air or sea. We have a substantial team of couriers available for motorcycle dispatch plus van driver couriers in all size vehicles from small vans up to 7.5 tonne and international couriers for dispatch by road, sea or air.
Below are the mandatory administrative charges that you required to pay to enable us courier your package to you and also note that the airway bill will be forwarded to you once we receive the required fee; for your own full monitoring of your delivery package and hope you get me understood?
we have undertaken incase of loss, damage or theft of your highly sensitive document. we assume all responsibilities incase of any eventualities.
Security keeping fee: $159dollars
Registration fee: paid
Insurance fee: paid
Total $159dollar
You are to make the payment $159 through MONEY GRAM to speed up the process of delivery. You are to locate the MONEY GRAM  agent nearest to you and make the payment through the name of our accounts officer below:
Receiver:........ DANIEL OKECHI
Address: 1011 GBATO GODOMEY
Country:........Benin Republic
Address: 1011 GBATO GODOMEY
City........... Cotonou
Question:....... when?
Answer: .......Today
You are to send this office a copy of the transfer slip. But if you can not attach the payment slip, just send the following information via email as they appear on the MONEY GRAM transfer slip.
1. Sender's Name:............................
2. Amount sent:..............................
3. Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN):..............
You are to send a copy of the evidence of payment to your handling agent as well for confirmation. A receipt of the above payment will be issued to you from our office along with your Package air way bill for your own record.
As soon as we receive confirmation and evidence of payment of the above charges, we will dispatch your package immediately. The date and time of departure and expected date of delivery will be sent to you. it will take twenty-four hours express delivery address. You will be required to sign for the package and to do this, you will need either your international passport as identification or your driver's license.
All orders not delivered within five (5) working days from this communication will be returned. Please ensure that you confirm your delivery address.
We are glad to be at service to you.
(+229) 68464541   

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