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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: Ms Mary Thornton <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:22:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Welcome To USA Couriers Delivery Company,

Welcome To USA Couriers Delivery Company,
Physical Address
2200 Norcross Parkway
Suite 230
Norcross, GA 30071 USA
Tel +1 4046632745
Our web

Good Day Sir/ madam

My name is Ms Mary Thornton, i am a citizen of United States Of America working with USA Couriers Delivery Company here in Atlanta Ga 30314 USA, our company web is my dear this is to inform you that a cashier check worth of $5.5 million united states was register in our office for further delivery to your address therefore i want you to reconfirm your address to me so that within 24hrs our agent will have the package deliver to you today because our service is a day delivery therefore you will receive your cashier check today immediately you have reconfirm your address and also send our mailing fee within couple of hours time the pacakage will be delivered to your address, for more details kindly login to our web site

Final i want you to understand that your package is right here in the United States, therefire i want you to reconfirm your address to me immeditely you have receive this message,

Awaiting your reply with your full names and address,

Contact Ms Mary Thornton on this email (

Best Regards
Ms Mary Thornton
From USA Couriers Delivery Company

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