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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: "MRS.JOAN PEREZ" <"dhl.">
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 21:09:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear:Beneficiary,


I have registered your ATM with DHL this morning and we agreed up that your of USD15.8 in ATM CARD delivery will take place Tomorrow morning so kindly reconfirm you full information to them such as:

Your Name,___________
Your home Address___________
Your nearest airport______
your phone Number______
Your copy of ID ______

Name of DIPLOMAT Douglas Mair Telephone: (+15024141566)

Below is the Contact Information of the
DHL, Express Customer Service
His name Dr.Adams Johnson
E-mail: (
Telephone: (+229-99651336)

Please contact them with your full information once your receive this email
for urgent delivery of your fund

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