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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: John Edward <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 15:33:35 +0100
Subject: Your immediate compliance will facilitate the quick delivery of the
funds to you

I am presently at Newark Liberty International Airport in the United
States of America a diplomat from the Caribbeans named David Louw i am
mandated to deliver your long awaited fund to you in your country of
residence, the funds total US$9.5 Million and you were made the
beneficiary of these funds by a benefactor whose details will be
revealed to you after handing over the funds to you in accordance with
the Agreement signed with the benefactor when he enlisted diplomat's
assistance in delivering the funds to you.

The funds are clean from any form of illegality as there are
sufficient documentations to prove it, before I can deliver the funds
to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to
ensure that I am dealing with the right person also to ensure that
there are no mistakes in the course of the delivery

1. Full Name

2.Residential Address



5.Direct Telephone Numbers

After verification of the information with what I have on file,I shall
contact you so that we can make arrangements on the exact date I will
be bringing your package to your residential address.

Due to the amount of money involved,it is necessary that you handle
the transaction with utmost confidentiality and secrecy until you
receive the package. Absolute Discretion should be your watchword.

Send the requested information so that we can proceed.


Diplomat Mr. David Louw.
Newark Liberty International Airport
New Jersey

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