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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: Alfredo James <>
Reply-To: Alfredo James <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 17:28:14 +0900 (JST)

23 Patte D'Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou, Plot 1261, Adeola Hopewell Street C/B/REP,
CPEL/OWN/987SDHL6. Registration # RRRRRRRRFSC1133 -
TAG # DHLXX441122 - BATCH # DHLCMPLN11144, TELL: +229 9815-2949

Attention Dear Friend,
My name is Alfrendo James the Agent from DHL Delivery comping
I want to inform you that I was at los Angeles  International Airport,  southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester with your ATM CARD of $4.5 Million with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs, Atm Card Registered Code No xgt960.Security Code TCT:115550 0/10/;Transaction Code 233/cstc/101/33028/;
Certificate Deposit code; sctc/bun/xxiv/-78/01). please Contact with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:
Name of Branch Manager Mr, FRANK JAMES
Tel:+229 9815-2949
So, Reconfirm the following information’s below Such as;
Your receiver,s Name.............
Your Direct phone..................
Your delivery home address..................
Your Country.....................
Your occupation...................
I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay is just  Security fee sum of $95 only.that is the only thing that hold me here in Los Angeles international airport

Best Regards,
Alfredo James

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