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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: "Chairman: Int'L Payment Committee." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 05:16:50 -0600
Subject: ~Diplomatic Immunity!!!Please Call Mr.Joe Weaver On +1 (202) 660-1161

Good Day,

Payment of Inheritance fund, overdue payments and compensations
without causing heart break to beneficiaries is my priority. Is my
pleasure to inform you that your deliveryman has arrived with your
cash trunk boxes value $8.3 million dollars being your inheritance
/compensation payment. He is currently in JFK International Airport,
New York City.

I want you to know that you have 24 hours to call him now with this
line (202) 660-1161 or email: , then
speak with the diplomatic deliveryman for directives, his name is Mr.
Joe Weaver. As he has been waiting to hear from you to enable him get
to your home address without missing his way.

For your information, the deliveryman with your package is not aware
of the content of the boxes for security purpose. Please do not tell
him to avoid running away with your funds. On no account should you
let him know about the content of the consignment for security
reasons. Most importantly you are advised to send your full data to
him, which include your Full Name, Current Residential Address, Direct
Cell Number, and A copy of any identity card to verify that you are
the right receiver to avoid mistakes. Also reconfirm your full current
address and valid phone number to the Delivery officer via his above
email address once you receive this email to enable him deliver your
cash consignment boxes to your house without any further delay.

You are advised not to waste his time at the airport, so that he would
not be stranded in any way because he will return if he finds out that
you are not doing anything to get him over to your house.


Rev. John David

Chairman: Int'L Payment Committee.

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