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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: John T.Maxwell <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:35:25 -0700
Subject: my subject


I’m diplomat John T.Maxwell; I have been trying to reach you on yourtelephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in John F. Kennedy International Airport with your two boxes of consignment worth $1.2Musd which I have been instructed by ECOWAS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you.

The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the paper’s I presented, but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Yellow Tag which is not placed on the boxes, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery Yellow tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful to you. I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery Yellow tag will cost us just $125 Dollars only to get the two tag placed on the boxes as that tag will enable me get to your house successfully without any interference, they scanned the boxes and found out that the fund is 100 % spend able and accepted by any bank in the whole world.

Please try and reach me with my international roaming number + 229 98251280 as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in Bangkok. I will provid you the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers. I have more vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it’s the diplomatic rules, such as authorization to deliver. You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority. get back to me in my private email (

Send the $125 through Money Gram with this informations below.

Receiver Joseph Chinedu Nwade.

Country Benin Republic .

Amount $125 US Dollars

Text Question. What Colour?

Answer ….Green.

Send the payment informations such as the MTCN and the senders name once you make the payment

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