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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. Don William" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Don William" <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 01:11:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Ordering Beneficiary

Attention Ordering Beneficiary
I . AM Mr. Don William I have paid the fee for your Cheque draft and I took it to the FINANCIAL BANK PLC to confirm it then the Manager of the Bank MR FRANK

UGO told me that before the check can get to you it will expire on the way and if it expired it will become useless so He advice me to convert $7.5Million

(SEVEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) into cash and pack it into the strong iron box and deposit it in DHL DELIVERY COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC to

deliver it in cash to you.and i did it as he advice me because he is a Banker he knows the durability of any foreign check or draft.

This is your Registration information:

Shipment Code: #AXIB 131ZXR,
Your Package Registration No; # Eg2272,
Security Code No: # 01721457,
PACKAGE No: # JKT0014523,
Items No: # J247,
Serial No: #1256784356,
Size of the items: 46Cm by 35Cm,
Weight of the items: 2.1kg.

I deposited the package to the DHL Delivery Company as an cotton materials for security reasons.This is the registration Number of your Package # Eg2272, Zip

Code;0113838 so do not let the company to know the real contents of the package so that they can deliver it for you safely. I want you to contact the company

immediately with the following information,Below is the required information you

need to give them now.

1.YOUR FULL NAME______________
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS._____________
3.YOUR COUNTRY______________
5.YOUR AGE.______________
6..A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE_____________

All these things is needed from you now to submit to the company for urgent delivery of your package contains $7.5Million US Dollar Please contact the

delivery company immediately and reconfirm your information to them to enable their agent locate you when he arrived in your country. This is the company

contact information.

Dhl Express Courier Delivery Company Benin Republic.
Email: (
Tel Fax Phone; +22998213968
Please contact the company immediately you receive this email so that your package will leave tonight to deliver it to you. Get back to me as soon as you

receive your package
from the company.

Yours Faithfully
Mrs. Susan Williams

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