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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. williams" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. williams" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:06:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Call me or text (607) 689-2957

Hello. This is Diplomat Williams Benson. Your Consignment
box worth $6.5 Million United States Dollars have been
Released by Home Land Security in California now. I want
you to Reconfirm to me the address where you want your
Consignment box to deliver to you.

Receiver name. Country State and City. Home address
and phone number Nearest Airport. Do as matter of Urgent
to enable your Consignment box deliver to you today. Again.
You need to send $59 to Dan Ben in Benin to Sign all the
delivery Documents that i forward to him and fax it back
here because all the Documents is Expired to avoid Stopping
the package at your Airport,

Send it to him Through Money gram to enable him Renew all
the papers today.
Receiver name. Dan Ben.
Country...Benin republic
Sender name and address,
Diplomat Williams Benson
DHL Agent
Call me or text (607) 689-2957

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