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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. George Miracle" <"george.">
Reply-To: "Mr. George Miracle" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:11:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Customer

23 Patte D'Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou, Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell Street C/B/REP,
CPEL/OWN/987SDHL6. Registration # AWB 33xzs -
TAG # DHLXX441122 - BATCH # DHLCMPLN11144, TELL: +22998716185

Dear Customer

This is to officially notify you that I have registered your ATM CARD of $2.9Million USD with DHL EXPRESS Courier Company with registration code (AWB 33xzs) after the beneficial meeting held at the World Bank in Switzerland and their discussion was how your fund will be given to you without any lost at this time which the top officials including Central Bank Governors from different countries around the world were present at the meeting.

Be informed that you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment and please contact with your delivery information as listed below,

Your full Names============
Your Address===========
Your Telephone Number========
Your Age============
Your occupation=========

I have paid the Insurance coverage & Delivery fees. The only fee you have to pay is the Security keeping fee only. Please indicate the registration Code Number (awb-33xzs) when contacting back.

Contact Person: George Miracle
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: +22998716185

Sincerely Yours.

Mr. Justice Alfred
Chief Remittance Officer,

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