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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. Williams Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:56:23 +0100
Subject: Attention I am your Diplomat Agent Mr. Williams Brown

Attention Dear.

I am your Diplomat Agent Mr. Williams Brown (T)that is responsible for the delivery of your Consignment Box worth of $12.3million and I am currently stranded with your Consignment Box at South San Francisco international airport California with your package I miss place your information which my boss gave to me, so kindly reconfirm it to me as soon as possible including with (FBI clearance certificate and non-inspection clearance certificate) Which is demand here at the airport by the FBI Authority to declarer me free to move to your locate home address with out any further delay.

In the mean while note that after the FBI requirements of the (FBI clearance certificate and non-inspection clearance certificate) I ask them how to get it obtain here in there
Office at South San Francisco international airport California and they told me that it will cost sum of $1890 only which is very high amount of money to spend and I open up and tell them that this amount required for the certificates is very high. Also be informed that below is the FBI giving account for the remittance.

Bank:   Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Texas
Swift code:   WFBIUS6S
ABA Routing #:  111900659
Account #:   1548377069
Account name: Pass Go Properties
Address:    Arlington, Texas 76012
Cost of the two Certificates is: $1890

Then I asked the FBI Authority, if we can issue the certificate in my country and keep them posited with it and they told me that is well accepted and also advice that if you have it with you that you can send it to me through my email address below to enable them free me to move to your home address which you will have to reconfirm to me.

My name, email address and phone number to get me.
Mr. Williams Brown
Sms: +1443 302 7099

Note that after my question to the FBI Authority base the amount they required in other to issue the both certificates which is very high, I contacted the FBI office in my country and ask them how much the both certificates will cost to obtain it and send to me and they told me that it will cost me only $392 only to get it obtain and I ask them to give me there payment information that will be use to send them the money and I will advice you to follow the less amount by sending the FBI in my country the $392 to enable them get the both certificates obtain and send to me, only if you really know
That you don’t have the both certificates

Receiver Name…………. Dominic Mokwe
Country………………………Benin Republic
Amount……………………..$392 only
Test Question…………..Able
Test Answer………………God
Sender Name..........?

You can also remember to reconfirm your full delivery address and your phone number to me to avoid wrong delivery ok.

Waiting for your urgent respond in this matter.
Thanks for your understanding in this matter and God bless you.
Always At Your Service,
Diplomat Williams Brown
Certified Diplomatic Agent
FedEx Express.
Phone number: Sms: +1443 302 7099

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