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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: "DIPLOMAT AGENT RYAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <reverendronmm@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:27:16 +0900
Subject: YOUR PACKAGE HAS ARRIVED SUCCESSFULLY, CELL PHONE +1 (720) 466-3544

 
YOUR PACKAGE HAS ARRIVED SUCCESSFULLY, CELL PHONE  +1 (720) 466-3544
 
Attention: please you call or send me text urgent cell +1 (720) 466-3544
 
I'm Diplomatic Agent Ryan Evans.  I have been trying to reach you on your Email about four hours now, just to inform you about my successful arrival in Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Sterling, VA 20166, USA, with your ATM MASTER CARD WORTH $10.5 Million United State Dollars which I have been instructed by I.C EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you.
 
The Airport Authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the Package am carrying is no way related with drug or Money Laundering, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the papers I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the Airport Anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate and Police Clearance Report which is not placed on the package,
 
One of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery tag from the fund origin 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 $69.00 USD only to get the two documents placed on the packages as that documents will enable me commence to your home address today.
 
Please try as much as you can to reach me on Phone by TEXTING ME DIRECT +1 (720) 466-3544 as I can not afford to spend much time here. You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled for the delivery tag and make any payment to foreign countries authority. Email me with the below information to enable me know your arrangement for the $69.00 USD and you should TEXT me.  Here is my direct cell +1 (720) 466-3544
 
You are advise to Reconfirm the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to a wrong person.
 
1 Your Full Name:
2 Your Delivery Address:
3 Your Contact Telephone Number:
4 Your Occupation:
5 Your Identification (InternationalPassport number or ID Card number)
6 HOME COUNTRY:
 
Below is the payment information where the tag fee of $69.00 USD should be transfer via MONEY GRAM to the Federal Ministry of Finance in person (Ngozi Kelvin David) where the Tag Delivery will be issue in your name.
 
Here is the receiver informationís
 
1.RECEIVER NAME: NGOZI KELVIN DAVID
2.COUNTRY:LAGOS NIGERIA
3.TEST QUESTION:REAL
4.TEST ANSWER:QUICK
5.MTCN:.........?
6.SENDER NAME.....?
7.SENDER ADDRESS: ?
8.Amount:$69.00 USD
 
Text me the payment information with the Sender Name And Sender Address Including the Reference Number as soon as you made the payment available to the name of Ngozi Kelvin David in Federal Ministry of Finance Lagos for quick Release of the TAG.
 
BEST REGARDS
DIPLOMATIC AGENT RYAN EVANS.
TELEPHONE: Cell +1 (720) 466-3544
EMAIL: officialagentemail@gmail.com

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