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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. Desond Greate" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:13:11 +0100

Hello my dear,
I'm hereby to inform you that your package(consignment box) has be released by the Homeland Security at Los Angeles airport, Califonia, and i will like you to reconfirm your full home address, phone number, nearest airport. Every necessary arrangement has been made and i will be coming to your home address with your package as soon as you reconfirm your address details. ... Contact Email...
I await your urgent reply soon, as it's urgent. _(+1818 925 1054)

Diplomat Kelvin Martinez
Dhl Courier Company
+1818 925 1054

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