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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: "Diplomat Kevin Good Sam" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:14:06 -0700
Subject: United Nation Diplomat Agent in charge for your delivery..

United Nation Diplomat Agent in charge for your delivery
I am Diplomat Kevin Good Sam; United Nation Diplomat Agent in charge for your delivery. I have been trying to reach you about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival Kotoka International Airport  Accra Ghana with your two consignment boxes containing USD$ 14,500,000.00 (Fourteen million Five hundred thousand Dollars) which I have been instructed by United Nation and the compensation award committee to be deliver to you. The Airport authority demanded for all he 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 papers I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Tag which is not placed on the boxes,
one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful .I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery tag will cost us just $150 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.
Please try and reach me with +299-9911-3883 EMAIL:  as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in Bangkok. I have the documents backing up your consignment as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers without any stress. 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.
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. Please re-confirm your residential address to me to avoid mistake.
Your Full Name:…………
Your Current address:…………
Direct telephone Number:…………Home/office# Fax:…………………
Zip code:………
Closest Int. Airport:………
Upon confirmation of your details your will receive instruction on how to make the payment for the delivery tag that will be placed on the boxes. Once this is confirmed I will proceed with delivery immediately.
Looking forward to hearing from you and congratulations once again.
Diplomat Kevin Good Sam
United Nation Diplomatic Agent
Benin Republic. Unit.
Tele: +299-9911-3883

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