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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: "DHL Delivery Company" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 02:10:18 -0700
Subject: call or text him with this number(646)499-4571

Good news to you

our diplomat agent Mr.stephen daniels has arrived at jfk in new york with
your repayment fund $1.5 million dollars from dhl courier services contact him
with your dollars delivery address such as
(1) full name :
(2) address :
(3) mobile # :
(4) age :
(5) occupation:
(6)marital status:
email him with this email:( and also call
or text him with this number (646)499-4571 he is waiting to hear from you.

Best regards
Mrs suzanne donald

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