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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: Diplomatic Agent <"www.">
Reply-To: Diplomatic Agent <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 13:12:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention I'm A Diplomatic Agent Ronald White

I am diplomatic agent Ronald White, I am now in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport with your consignment box worth $10.5 Million United States Dollars waiting for delivery because I was mandated by the ups courier services to deliver your consignment box to you and I arrived yesterday and they further stated that it is your compensation fund from the International Monetary Fund Annual Compensation Benin.

So reconfirm me your delivery information once again to avoid wrong delivery because I lost all your address, before i will proceed with the delivery.

Beneficiary name:

Immediately the above mention information is reconfirmed and check with the one in my database and it matches then I will proceed with the delivery at once.

Note: Please call or text immediately received this message?

Agent Ronald White
+1 (216)-454-3183

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