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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: diplomanthilarywayne <>
Reply-To: diplomanthilarywayne <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 01:08:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: =?ISO-2022-JP?Q?I=1B$B!G=1B(Bm_diplomat_williams_smart?=

I’m diplomat williams smart ; I have been trying to reach you on your
telephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful
arrival in John F.Kennedy International Airport with your two boxes of
consignment worth $9.5 nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
which I have been instructed by (ECOWAS) to delivered to you.

The Airport authority demanded for all the 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 paper’s 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 $225.00 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,they scanned the boxes and found out that the fund is 100
% spend able and accepted by any bank in the whole world.

Please try and reach me with by text massages as I cannot answer my
call at the moment number (586) 980-6200 I can not afford to spend more
time here due to other delivery I have to take care of in Bangkok.
Here are the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I
can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund
successfully with these papers. 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, such as authorization to deliver.

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.


Diplomat williams smart.

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