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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: Silvia England <"wwww.">
Reply-To: Silvia England <>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 02:05:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CALL (607) 689-2957

Attn: Your Consignment Box we wish to inform you that the diplomatic
agent conveying the consignment box worth of $4.7 million United State
Dollars is currently at your International airport now. We required
you to reconfirm the following information below so that he can
deliver your consignment box to you today.
NAME: ==================
ADDRESS: ===============
MOBILE NO.: =============
A COPY OF YOUR ===============
COUNTRY: LATVIA===============
CODE NUMBER: 0140479
also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Bank Re
registration's to him because it is very important to enable him
locate your package. Please do contact the diplomatic agent with the
email below with the information required. Contact Person : Mr.
Williams Benson EMAIL; ( Tel CALL(607) 689-2957
He is waiting to hear from you today with the information,
Best Regard,
Mrs. Silvia Donald
Eco-Bank Benin Republic

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