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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: "INTERPOL NYC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2019 23:53:38 +0200
Subject: Confirmation required on package delivery.

Region No. 2 Knickerbockers Station
New York City, New York 10002-0804 USA.

Dear Beneficiary,

The International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL, writes to inform you that Mrs.
Christine Powell has been arrested in JFK International airport with your consignment box of funds, Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$5.5M). Base on interrogation, she was sent by a payment director from Africa for your delivery. She is in detention right now and can only be release to finalize your delivery as soon as
Investigation is concluded.

You are strongly advised to proof the legitimacy of your funds by sending the award ownership certificate issued by the Senate president before your funds will be delivered to you safely. However, should in case you don't have it, David Beke is the sender of the diplomat and we advise that you contact him immediately for assistance.

His contact is

Name: David Beke

Note: You are given seven (7) working days to forward the certificate for verification purpose and scrutiny. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Dr. Douglas H. King
International Criminal Police
Organization, Interpol

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