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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: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:56:45 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary,

Attention Dear Beneficiary,

is with gladness, i write you this message, to congratulate you on the
successful release of your Consignment Box Worth The Total sum of $4.8
Million USD to you as your Inheritance fund; Credited to Online Bank ATM
Card account that was set up for you In INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC

Below is your Consignment Box Reg Codes
Customer ID: 68388620872
Pass Code: f57s49x5a8xx56
Registration Code JKT110948G

FedEx Courier Company is unable to complete the Delivery of your
Consignment Box with the details we received from IMF, so we require
some more and Vital information in order to complete this Delivery of
your Consignment Box using Dhl Courier Delivery Service. However you are
Require to Forward your Full Delivery Information as Follows so that to
avoid Wrong Delivery.

* Your Full Names:________________________
* Your Country: ___________________________
* Contact Address:_____________________
* Message Phone Number:_______________________
* Direct Phone Number:_______________________
* Occupation:_______________________
* Marital Status:_______________________
* Age:________________________

In order to resolve this problem, Please email us immediately. As soon as this information is being received by your humble self
Thank you as we anticipate your prompt response immediately.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr John Williams.
Phone Number 00229 9889 0343

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