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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: "Abdul" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:32:55 +0800
Subject: Re:Urgent Delivery

Hello Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Abdul from AFGHANISTAN, I work with a Logistic Company here in AFGHANISTAN in packaging and courier department, I want you to help receive and secure in your Country a forfeited Consignment box that is under my custody.

Scanned report revealed US$ Bills Concealed inside the Consignment box , Approximately estimated sum of US$4 to 5 Million{Four - Five Million United States Dollars}.

The Consignment Box was supposed to have been delivered since long time ago, I discovered that the owner has died as a result of Political crisis in his own country. The period given by our Logistic company for such Consignment(s) delivery will soon expired and would not want it to end up in the Government Treasury as unclaimed Consignment.

I have secretly arranged for immediate delivery of this consignment box to you successfully without disclosing to anyone else, There's no any Risk involved nor future hitch. The money will be shared 60% for me and 40% for you as long as you're willing to help receive and secure on my behalf the consignment box in your country for us to share the money freely.

(1) To have a smooth and risk free transaction, you must agree, accept to keep the entire transaction secret, information's must not be disclosed to any third party for security reasons.

(2) You must agree to wire 60% of my share in any bank account i shall provide to you once the delivery is completed and the total amount US$5 Million in your custody/position.

Thank you for your quick reply and please send your acceptance reply via;
My regards,

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