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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: "Mrs. Rose William" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:27:06 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: Your Cheque Contact.

Hello My Dear,

How are you doing? I was shocked you stopped communicating me, I really can't understand your reason for doing so, but I am very happy now to inform you about my success in getting the fund transfer out of the bank with the help of a staff working in the remittance department and also with the special assistance of a French business woman that catered for other logistics.

However, I have issue a cheque of $800,000.00 dollars only in your favour and drop with Trans Package Express Courier Services. Insurance and delivery charges have been paid by me, because I was unable to make the funds transfer to your bank account since I don't have your bank details and I am going out of Benin aboard for a period of 4 months to meet up with my business colleagues in Russia. I will be heading to the airport as soon as I send you this email.

However, the $125.00 dollars was not paid for because of demur-rage. Well, do forward your address to avoid wrong delivery and when contacting them, I advise you to quote the parcel and shipment code to them for onward delivery to your re-confirmed address. Your Cheque is international standard and cashable anywhere in the world.Therefore,forward the following when contacting Trans Package Express Courier Services:Your Name, Your Delivery Address, Your Phone Number and code below.

Contact: MR. Dohami Stanislas
Director Trans Package Logistics Delivery Company
C/65, Sikecodj, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Tel: Tel: +229 68796302 Telfax: +229 30 22 025

Shipment Code: TPD/00977-667642
Parcel Number: 6971001-004

Mrs. Rose William

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