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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:

Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 03:55:39 -0500


I Just received a call from Mr. Randy Buday the Director Of DHL Company West Africa, regarding a Bank Draft inheritance cheque of $10.5 Million USD you are still having there in their custody. The check has been kept there for couple of months now due to you been unable to meet up with the necessary information and requirement needed for it to proceed for its delivery.

Don't you forget that this Bank Draft was the one awarded to you by Mr. Glenn Thomas, my late husband who died in a Malaysian airline MH17 on March 8th,2014. clicking this page will surely explain better { }.

Now, they (THE DHL DELIVERY WORLD) need a confirmation of the below information for the delivery process to start;

Your Postal / delivery address:

Your Full Names:

Direct telephone number:

Mind you, you should never pay for the delivery Charges, the Insurance premium and the Clearance Certificate fee of the Cheque because I already have paid for them. The only fee which you are expected to pay is $280.00 USD for the storage & security keeping fee of the check as it has been with them for several months now. I would have settled the fee, but the company insisted that I shouldn't because they don't know when you will be contacting them so as to avoid demurrage or further cost.

Here is the storage & security keeping code: (DHL/0433/SKC) of your Bank Draft. You are expected to tender this code alongside the $280 storage & security keeping fee for verification before your delivery.

In order to recover your Bank Draft, kindly contact ENG. RICHARD STEPHEN of the DHL DELIVERY WORLD to assist you with the recovery of your Cheque and its immediate delivery to your residence. His information proceeds below;

Dhl Address: DHL DELIVERY WORLD, Nigeria Ltd, DHL House ABUZE ABUJA.
Contact Person: Eng. Richard Stephen
Contact E-mail:<>

He will be waiting to receive your quick response. Mind you, the earlier the better cause the Draft will surely be awarded to someone else if they didn't get to hear from you in the next 48hours.

Best Regards
Mrs. Jane Norman.
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