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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. John Watson." <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mr. John Watson." <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 04:16:57 +0900 (JST)

Attn. Dear Friend.

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your money but I did not hear from you since then as we fixed. Then I went and deposited the $18.5 millions US Dollars, as PACKAGE to FEDEX DELIVERING COMPANY in Benin Republic, because I will be travelling to SAUDI ARABIA to visit my family and I will not come back till next month ending.

You are advice to contact the FEDEX DELIVERING COMPANY BENIN to know When they will deliver your package. Note that I have paid for the delivering Charges, the only money you have to send to them is their security keeping fee, which is $155.00 us Dollars to received your package safely. Please bear it in your mind that there is NO other payment required after paying $155 being there official security keeping fee.
Note; The FEDEX COMPANY don't know the contents of the Package. I registered it as a Package of a African Magazine. They don't know that it contains money, this is to avoid them delaying with the Package. Don't let them know that money is in that package ok.

Contact person: Engr. Michael Cobiness

E-mail: (
Contact phone: ( +229 99599691 )

Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid increasing the Insurance fee. I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it to them again to avoid any mistake on the delivering.

Reconfirm below information to the company.
Your Full Name-----------------------
Your Address--------------------------
Home telephone------------------------
Office telephone---------------------

Let me know as soon as you receive your package, and check the content of the package to ensure that your total $18.5 millions is completed.

Best regards,
Mr. John Watson.

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