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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: "Frandic Emeli" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 06:57:28 -0800

Hello My Dear,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable bank Draft of $4.5M United States Dollars but I did not hear from you since that time, then I decided to involve the issued bank to avoid losing of the funds, When i got to the bank, the director told me that the cheque has three weeks to expire that after three weeks it will be invalid then i told the director to convert the check into cash to avoid losing of the funds but he said i have to hire a lawyer before that can be done since the beneficiary that the cheque was on his or my boss that signed the cheque is not here, a lawyer will be involve for the signing and the procurement of vital documents needed for that.

I have no choice than to hire lawyer who will assist me on this matter as I was told by the bank to signed for the conversion of your cheque, After meeting with the bank lawyer who looked into the matter he told me that he will arrange for the documents as well as the signings for the bank to covert the check into cash payment but he said I should pay him $2500.00 for the job, then i explained to him that I don't have the money but pleaded with him that as soon as the job is done that the money will be deducted from the money before anything.The bank director also assured me that after the conversion of your check; the money will be converted and transfers to you through the medium of ATM MASTER CARD and deposited with the bank official security company for save keeping as well as the delivering of your ATM MASTER CARD to your home address.

Am happy to inform you that the job has-been done, the check has been converted into cash and is right there with DHL SERVEICE for deliver, remember that the ATM MASTER CARD package was registered as family valuables for security reasons and with a seal on it for security reasons. You can find the code number beside the package, there is a place in it they wrote ARS, when you open it through that side you will see the code.

I also want to remained you that $3000.00 was deducted from the total sum and this amount includes the registration and the delivery fee which is $500.00 and $2500.00 of the barrister that did the job, The only money you will send to the company to deliver your ATM package box direct to your Address in your country is $95 dollars for their security keeping fee.


Company Name: DHL Company(DHL) Security Department Benin Cotonou.
Contact Person: Mr Geadom Ikem.:
Email :(
PHONE NUMBER +229(99247818)

Note; your ATM MASTER CARD package was register as family valuables, in no condition will you disclose the real content of your package to anybody till you receive it in your home for security reasons, Email the company, tell them your name, tell them that your agent registered your package with them for deliver ok, you can tell them my name, Remember they will ask you for followings:

Your Full Name................
Your Home Address..............
You’re current Numbers..............
You’re Cell Numbers...............
You personal identification............

Thanks yours in service
Mr.Frandic Emeli

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