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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 Forbes Joseph (DHL)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:08:28 -0600
Subject: DHL International Delivery Company

DHL International Express Courier Company
107, Isolo Express Road Lagos Nigeria
Tel: +234-802-734-3413

Working Hours.....Monday: 8.00am - 6.00pm.....Tuesday: 8.00am - 6.00pm....Wednesday: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am - 6.00pm....Friday: 8.00am - 6.00pm.....Saturday: 8am - 12pm......Sunday: Closed

Dear Customer,

This is DHL International Delivery Company of Nigeria,we wishes to officially inform you that, we received an International
Certified Bank Draft parcel valued $10.5million USD to be delivered to you,to your residential address in your country.
This parcel was brought to our notice this morning,From Central Bank Of Nigeria(CBN),kindly reconfirm the below information's
properly, to avoid us not making any mistake during delivery of your International Certified Bank Draft parcel to a wrong hand.

Full names........
Parcel owner address.....
Your International Passport Or Driver's License...

We will register your package and send you the tracking number for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm
the required information’s needed for safety delivery to your residential address in your Country.

DHL is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information.
In the past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies as DHL that's bigger, stronger,
better than ever.

Waiting to read your e-mail

Yours affectionately.
Mr.Forbes Joseph
Dispatch Manager DHL Company

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