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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: JUDE NZE <"WWW.">
Reply-To: JUDE NZE <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:01:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear: Beneficiary,

Dear: Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding
the transfer
of your (US$6.7Million) and your inability to meet up withsome
charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of
Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance
Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded
and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this
CORPORATE VISA CARD and also have registered it with DHL
for delivery

For your information the delivery charges has been paid and
they were supposed to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but they
nsiste that you
must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to
ensure accurate
Delivery. MOST IMPORTANT: Due to the content of the
package, DHL
mandated that before your package will be shipped, A Tax/Stamp Duty
MUST be procured
according to the New Customs Creed and the importance of such Document is
to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the Therefore e-mail them with the
details below:contact he (725) 465-1291

1. Full Name:……….
2. Address:…………
3. Telephone Number :…….
4. Country:…………..
5. Occupation:……………
5. Age:…………….
6. Sex:……………..
7. A scan copy of your passport:…..

Dr. Victor Ude
DHL Courier Company Benin Republic,
Plot No. 23 Patte D’Oie
03 BP 2147 Cotonou
E-mail: (
Please hurry now as your package might attract more charges
if itsstays more than 3days with DHL.

Mr.jude nze

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