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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: Raymond J Smith <"www.">
Reply-To: Raymond J Smith <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 03:25:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention: please


Attention: please

I'm Diplomatic Agent Raymond J Smith . I have been trying to reach you on your Email about four hours now, just to inform you about my successful arrival in Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Sterling, VA 2017, USA, with your two boxes of consignment worth $12.5 Million Dollars which I have been instructed by I.C EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you.

The Airport Authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the papers I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport Anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate and Police Clearance Report which is not placed on the package,

one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery tag from the fund origin so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful . I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery tag will cost us just $49 Dollars only to get the two documents placed on the packages as that documents will enable me commence to your home today.

Please try as much as you can to reach me on Phone below as I can not afford to spend much time here . You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority. Email me with below information to enable me know your arrangement for the $49. and your should call me or send me SMS. here is my direct cell +1 973) 542-2958

Meanwhile you are advice to reconfirm the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to wrong person.
1Your Full Name
2Your Delivery Address
3Your Contact Telephone Number
4Your Occupation
5Your Identification (Passport number or ID Card number)

Below is the information where the payment of $49 will be transfer to Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic where the Tag Deliver will be issue in your name.Here is the receiver information’s

2.COUNTRY:Benin Republic
3.CITY : Cotonou,
Email me the payment information as soon as you made the payment available to the name of Cyrille Montcho in Federal Ministry of Finance Benin.

REGARD Raymond J Smith
TELEPHONE:cell+1 (973) 542-2958

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