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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.Daniel Fox <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:30:35 -0700
Subject: Good Day To You

One World Courier Head Office
70 International Airport Road
Mafoluku, Lagos.
Order: SH-5468-482485468
Website: http://oneworldcouriers.
Call Phone: +2348122911912

Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday: Office Hours Monday to Sunday:

Dear Valid Customer,

This is One World courier Delivery Company of Nigeria, the management of this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a parcel from the Nigeria Scam Victim Compensation department containing an ATM Master Card valued $2.5million USD with some vital documents attached on it, for safety delivery to your residential address in your country.

This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment office Nigeria, with the below information’s, please reconfirm the below
information, to avoid delivery of your ATM Master Card to wrong Address.

Full names............
Parcel owner address......
Passport/Driving License

We will register your package and send you the tracking numbers before we proceed for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm the required information for safety delivery.

Everything has been put together to deliver this your ATM CARD,what is now holding the card is the delivery charges sum of $250 .Send it through Western Union Money/Moneygram Transfer with the below accountant information.

Receivers Name ; Ndoh Nelson
Text Question:SKY IS
Answer: BLUE

As soon as you send the money provide me with the following information from the western union payment slip.
Senders name :
Amount Sent:

Yours affectionately.
Mr. Daniel Fox
Dispatch Manager
for the Ikeja branch manager
One World Express Service Lagos -Nigeria.

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