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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: Hina Dieter Plaumann <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 00:27:21 +0100
Subject: Package has been sent.

Your shipment(s) is scheduled for delivery

Scheduled Delivery Date: 10/12/2015

Shipper: Chambers Group.

Kindly view the attached document for shipment/delivery details and
tracking procedure. You can also request a delivery change (e.g.
reschedule or reroute) from the tracking detail.

Approximate Delivery Time: between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM DHL Service:
DHL 2nd Day Air.

We are pleased to provide you with delivery that fits your life.

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