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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: BEN MICHAEL <"info.">
Reply-To: "BEN MICHAEL " <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:26:43 +0900 (JST)

I'm Diplomatic Agent Sir Ben Michael ; I have been trying to reach you
over four hour Please try as much as you can to reach me via my:Email(
Meanwhile you are advice to reconfirm your information to avoid delivery to
the wrong person
1Your Full Name
2Your Delivery Address
3Your Contact Telephone Number
4Your Occupation
5Your Identification (Passport number or ID Card number)
6Your nearest Airport

Try and reach me via my email so i can proceed to your home and make my
delivery as soon as possible
However, we cannot quote its content to you via email for privacy reasons.
We understand that the content of your package ATM CARD worth $5.800 000 00.00
(Five million eight hundred thousand US Dollars).
Furthermore, be informed that delivery will be made to your doorstep
Please bear in mind that your valid ID CARD must be presented to me on my
arrival before release will be done to you.
To ensure safety please don’t ever mention this transaction to anybody no
matter how close or trusted you think the person might be to you to avoid
jeopardizing this transaction until you have received your ATM CARD.

Yours Faithfully,
I.C. Express Courier Company
All rights reserved.?1995-2008 DHL.

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