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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: "Mr. Solomon Butter" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Solomon Butter" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:02:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: You are welcome to Express Delivery Company

DHL Express Delivery Company Head Office Cotonou Benin Republic
You are welcome to Express Delivery Company
Finance Department Director


In a recent meeting held with the new Bank Director concerning debt
reconciliation, this is to inform you that we have agreed to release
your fund worth ($5.5 Million United States Dollars) which will come via Global automatic
teller machine debit master card as instructed from our headquarter,
the ATM card can used at any where around the world. however, the
below information is needed as to enable the profiling of your ATM
card and its delivery to you: contact the Dhl delivery company with
the information: Email: (

1, Your Name___________
2, Country___________
3, Phone Number______
4, Home Address_______
5, Nearest Airport_______

Make sure you contact them immediately Text or call the director Mr. Solomon Butter
Telephone: (+229-9953-2973)

Mr. Solomon Butter

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