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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: "Dip Matthew E. Timothy" <>
Reply-To: "Dip Matthew E. Timothy" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:26:10 +0900 (JST)

Your Attntion Please

This issue requires very urgent I'm Diplomat Matthew E. Timothy I was instructed by H.E. Mr. Aurélien Agbenonci the Minister of Foreign Affairs Benin and UN Special Rep and Resident Coordinator to release your consignment box worth $12.5 USD but unfortunately I misplaced your delivery details which kept me stranded here in Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport Belgium.   

Please here are the details that you need to re-comfirm so that I will vacate from Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport and proceed to complete the shipment.
1: Your Full Name:.....   
2: Full Resdence Address: .....  
3: Tel number: ......

I'm waiting for the above details to enable me depart from Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport tonight.

Yours Sincerely
Dip. Matthew E. Timothy

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