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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 Thompson " <"AAA.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Larry Thompson " <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:21:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Sir/ Ma

Attention Sir/ Ma,

CONGRATULATION!!!!! Your fund has been packaged in a metal box since you can not afford to receive it in the past via western union/money gram due to the transfer charge fee and I decided to package the $8.5million US in a metal box which I registered with the DHL Courier as a box that contained African clothes and jewelries.

I want you to contact the DHL Courier Company to know when they will deliver your Consignment Box with registration code (GBE015GB). I have paid for the delivering charges and insurance Fee. The only money you have to send to them is their Official Service and Security keeping fee which is$95 Dollars only to receive your Consignment Box I would have paid it for you but they said no just because they don’t know when you will contact them so please feel free to contact them now to avoid delay and demurrage.


Director General / Mr.Larry Thompson
Phone Number/ +229-98291915
E-mail: (
Country/Cotonou Benin Republic try to contact them as soon as possible.

Below is the information you are required to send to them for safe delivery by their diplomatic agent:

(1) Full name ===========
(2) Home Address: ==========
(3) Telephone: ============
(4) Age: ============
(5) Sex:===============

I have given them your address. And you have to reconfirm it to them again to avoid any mistake on the delivering the box to you remember that I only told the director the content and he advised me not to disclose the content to any body including the delivery agent just for the safety of the fund in the box make sure that you use this code as the subject of the email you are sending to them GBE015GB) Because this will be an evidence to proof to them that you are the correct owner of the box.

Mr.Larry Thompson
Chairman Interpol Fund Release

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