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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: "TNT EXPRESS" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:29:01 -0700
Subject: TNT Consignment Notification-AWB NO 168909482387


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This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or =
otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient,=
please telephone or email the sender and delete this message and any attac=
hment from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you must not =
copy this message or attachment or disclose the contents to any other perso=
n. Please consider the environmental impact before printing this document a=
nd its attachment(s). Print black and white and double-sided where possible=
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