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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: "Diplomat Mr.Brian Smith" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Diplomat Mr.Brian Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 01:32:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I'm Diplomatic Agent Mr.Brian Smith

I'm Diplomatic Agent Mr.Brian Smith
I have been trying to reach you on your
Email about couple of hours now, just to inform you about my successful
arrival in John Kennedy International Airport in united States of America
with your Cash Consignment valued sum of $2.5 Million United state dollars.
(Two Million five hundred thousand united states dollars) Which I have been instructed by DHL COURIER
DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to your home address. The Airport Authority
here demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the
your Cash Consignment valued sum of $ 2.5M ready delivery, I have presented
the papers to them and they are very much pleased with the papers I
presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport
custom Authorities here are demanding for OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE which they
said it will be obtain from the Origin Country Benin Republic, i need your
immediate call or text to this my number (502) 208-4013

or can as well email
back for continuation of this delivery to your door step today,

Again, you need to email me and make sure you reconfirm this information one
more time so that the delivery of your your Cash Consignment valued sum of $
2.5M will be commenced and get to the right address once am through here.

Quick Reply connect (502) 208-4013

YOUR FULL NAME .........
FAX NUMBER ...........
COUNTRY ............
CITY ............

Send the requested information above so that we can proceed. These people
are here asking me many harassment questions. I need your immediate reply so
that i will be on my way to your house address once i get done with them.
I'm Diplomatic Agent Mr. Richard Duke. Look contact me with this email(

Diplomat Mr.Brian Smith
International Airport.
Call or text me at (502) 208-4013

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