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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: Dan Fred <"fedex.">
Reply-To: Dan Fred <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:53:49 +0900 (JST)

This is to inform you that we have succeeded on the delivery of your fund. Simply contact Diplomat Dan Fred with your full delivery address And your nearest airport,
we want to make sure you finally get your funds and try and provide official information below so that he can deliver your consignment box worth $2.5Million USD
Contact Name: Diplomat Dan Fred, contact I advice you to reconfirm the following information, So that he will deliver your consignment box
that contained your fund as soon as possible.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(4)Fax Number================
(7)Nearest Airport =============
As he is at Airport right now because of the Searching and Scanning of the consignment box made him to misplaced your address.
Be inform that to open the consignment the secret code;is 84707, and the diplomat did not know the code due to i registered the box
as Africa cloth and personal belong to avoid wrong delivery. Regards, John Ronald New director DHL Company.

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