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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: DR JOHN BOOMA <"www.">
Reply-To: DR JOHN BOOMA <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:37:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Good Friend,

Dear Good Friend,

We have paid for the delivery fee of your parcel to the DHL Courier services
Benin. They promised that your parcel will leave immediately they received your
re-confirmed information to avoid wrong delivery.

Now contact them with your detail information below. The only money you will
send to the DHL is for official security keeping fee to enable them settle the
security department of their company and deliver your parcel direct to your
home address in your country which you will forward to DHL in the below contact
information soon ok.

Here is the requested information needed by the Director of the DHL Diplomatic
Division which they instructed me to email you to provide for them while
contacting them for easier identification when the diplomat arrives in your
country ok.

Kindly re-confirm to them the following information:

Your full name: _____________________
Your complete address______________________
Name of city of Residence: ___________
Country: __________________________
Your direct cell phone number: ______________
Nearest airport: _____________________

I registered it with the DHL Courier Company in the name of Computer
accessories as its content and I didn't let them know that it contains ATM CARD
in the amount funds of US$2.500.000.00 because of fear of betrayal or to avoid
the Diplomat man made away with your ATM card containing the sum of
$2.500.000.00 ok.

Yours in service
Finance Ministry
Tell +22999587209

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