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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 Larry Succeed <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr Larry Succeed <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 01:36:36 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

I am agent Larry Succeed from the DHL courier service company, Florida, USA.

Am to inform you about your Consignment Box which has been deposited by one Mr. Joe E. Miller From High court Benin, and the statement tagged on the box is that you won the coca cola monthly Fund Promo worth the sum of $3.5 million USD and they instructed us to get it delivered to your doorstep.

Meanwhile I will like you to reconfirm to me your full delivery details where you want me to deliver the Box.

Mr.Larry Succeed.

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