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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: "Mr.Mike.William" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Mike.William" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 02:53:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mr.Mike William your Diplomatic agent from DHLCOURIER COMPANY

I'm Mr.Mike William your Diplomatic agent from DHL office Benin Republic,I have been trying to reach you on your Email about couple of hours now, just to inform you about my successful arrival in providence International Airport,(state) USA with your ATM VISA CARD which I have been instructed by DHL COURIER COMPANY to be delivered to your home address.meanwhile i want you to Reconfirm your full information’s to me on this email ( this email and send me your information such as your name, address and phone number to avoid wrong delivery so that i can proceed to your home address immediately am cleared from this airport.
Mr.Mike William
text me now 401-519-4202

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