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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: "Mr. Wallace M. Udodi" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Wallace M. Udodi" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:32:47 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your registered consignment box ready for delivery

Address: No. 2 Harbour Road Cotonou
Cotonou, West-Africa
Tel: +22996418005

Compliment of the day

On behalf of the board and management of United Parcel Service PortoNovo, I Mr. Wallace M. Udodi, the Operations Manager wishes to inform you that your box tagged diplomatic luggage 122 with Ref No: 1226/X42/206 which was deposited in our vault for safe keeping and delivery to your address by Mr. Andy Richard snr under foreign affair commission. Have it in mind that your winning amount contained in the consignment box is safe and you are the only person to unlock the consignment box with the secret sealed CODE which will be release to you by the delivery agent upon their arrival to your address. we have also concluded all arrangements to deliver your consignment at your address through United Parcel Service UPS delivery. In line with the binding consignment delivery policies, kindly furnish us with the following as set forth.

The address where the above cargo/funds should be delivered to and your phone number.
A copy of your international passport or any other means of identification as the true consignee .
List the nearest international airport to your address location.

Meanwhile, we urge you to treat the above requirement with utmost urgency to enable us dispense our duties and obligation accordingly thereby allowing us to serve you in a timely fashion. Upon satisfactory receipt of all the above mentioned, you Will be further acquainted with the detailed delivery itinerary including information of the delivery agents who will accompany your box to your address as titled Home delivery.

We pledge our best service at all times.

Yours Faithfully
Await your respond.

Mr. Wallace M. Udodi
Dispatch Manager
Tel: +2299641366

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