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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:34:49 +0200
Subject: DHL-Sinotrans Original Documents 00485794

Attached Original copy of Bill of Lading, Invoice, PDA and other relevant
documents as assigned to deliver to you for clearing of consignment in
your port.
Kindly confirm if the address is Correct in tracking page attached.
Notification for shipment event group "Clearance event" for 29th Mar 17.
AWB Number: 0009947
Pickup Date: 2017-03-23 2:08:00
Estimated Delivery Date: 2017-03-29 20:59:00
Service: P
Pieces: 5
Cust. Ref: 530685065
Description: XXXXXXXXXX
Ship From: ABC Cargo Supplies Ltd
EVENT CATEGORY 29th Mar 17. 10:15 AM - Customs status updated - LYON,FRANCE
Shipment status may also be obtained from our Internet site in USA or
Please do not reply to this email. This is an automated application used
only for sending proactive notifications

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