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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: "Mark Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 12:03:15 -0700

Good News,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of
your (7,800,000.00 Euros) and your inability to meet up with some charges levied
Against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of Directors, United
Bank for Africa (UBA) 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 to you.

For your information, the delivery charges has been paid and they were supposed
to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but they insisted 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 essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free
Delivery Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address (i.e 1.Full Names,2.
Delivery Address and 3.Telephone Number) to DHL

Contact DHL Director Mr. Harrison Wilson
DHL International Benin

Please hurry now as your package might incur demurrages if it stays more than
2 0r 3 days with DHL.
Thanks, Mr. Mark Jones

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