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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: Joe Brown <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:41:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention your package have arrive successful call or sms

Greeting from Diplomat Agent Mr.JOE BROWN This Is To Inform You About My Successfully Arrival At San Diego International Airport California USA, Meanwhile I Am Having A Little Problem With The Authority Because Of The INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE PERMIT Of Your consignment box Which One Of The Airport Authority That It Will Be Obtained From Benin Republic Custom Authority With The Sum Of $159.DELIVERY 24HRS/OVERNIGHT DELIVERY) URGENTLY

You Also Advice To Reconfirm Your Delivery Address Such As Your Home Address Your Telephone Number And Your Nearest International Airport.Use This Below Information To Send The INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE PERMIT certificate Fee Which Is The Sum Of $159 To The Benin With Name Of Custom Accountant Officer.

Here is the Information to send the fee.
Receivers Name: == Rita Ken
Country Benin Republic.
Text Question. In God.
Text Answer: We Trust..

Senders’ name..
You Have To Contact Me With This Telephone Or Send Me An Sms Okay I Am Waiting To Hear From You With the payment details Asap.

UPS Courier Express Company
Diplomatic Agent Call Me or Sms Tel No: (619)3205396
Tel No: (619)3205396

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