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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: "Dr. John Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrcaptjohn@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:52:02 -0800
Subject: Re: Sky-Line Courier Company

Attention:
 
I have arrange your total sum of $18 Million United State Dollars with
SKY-LINE COURIER COMPANY and the manager of ECO BANK PLC told me that the
Check will expire before getting to you, so i told him to cash the $18
Million United State Dollars and deposited the cash with Sky-Line Courier
Company, now contact the Sky-Line Courier Company with this information
 
below. CONTACT PERSON.
 
MR. CAPT JOHN
Email's : mrcaptjohn@euromail.hu
Telephone: (+234 807 591 9389)
 
 
Contact them to enable them deliver the consignment box to you immediately
and let me know when you have receive your consignment box also make sure
that you send the needed information to enable them deliver your
Consignment to you immediately.
 
SKY-LINE AND DELIVERY COMPANY LTD.
And be advised to reconfirm your full information to them to avoid wrong
delivery.
 
1. YOUR FULL NAME............
2. YOUR COUNTRY....................................
3. HOME DELIVERY ADDRESS................
4. CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER................
5. YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.......................
6. YOUR CURRENT CELL PHONE..................................
7. YOUR E-MAIL AND PASSWORD FOR SECURITY SEASON........
8. YOUR ANNUEL INCOME.............
9. A COPY OF YOUR ID/ PICTURE......................................
 
Do let me know immediately you receive your consignment box that was
deposited in SKYLINE courier company.
 
This is your Registration informationů
Reference Number: GS/170/56
Package Registration No; # Eg2272,
Security Code No: # 01721457,
PACKAGE No: # JKT0014523,
Items No: # J247,
Serial No: #1256784356,
Size of the items: 46m by 52m,
Weight of the items: 41kg.
 
BEST REGARDS,
Dr. John Wilson

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