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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: "DHL Diplomatic Agent. Mr. James Robert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:44:57 +0100

Compliment of the Day
I'm diplomat Mr. James Robert; I have been trying to reach you on your email about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in Atlantic City International Airport but your mail keep returning back and am here in New Jersey Atlantic City International Airport with your package which contain your ATM MASTER CARD worth $4.5M
usd which I have been instructed by DHL Company to be delivered to you.
The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the paper's I presented, but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Yellow Tag which is not placed on the package, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery Yellow tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful to you.
I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery Yellow tag will cost you just $198 Dollars only to get the Tag placed on the package as that tag will enable me get to your house ADDRESS successfully without any interference.they scanned the package and found out that the ATM CARD is 100 % acceptable by any bank in the whole world.
i want you to call or TEXT me now with the re-confirmation of your delivery information below.
1- Your Full Name
2- Your Delivery Address
4- Your Contact Telephone Number
5- Your Occupation
6- Your Identification (Passport number or ID Card number)
Try and follow the instruction as I told you.I want to complete my assignment today and return back as scheduled, kindly reply now with your details ( also call or send me text here +18039374640. immediately, Waiting for your swift response,
DHL Diplomatic Agent. Mr. James Robert
Text or Call: +18039374640

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