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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: Dr.Davidson Donald <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:05:05 -0300

Dear Friend
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and
pick your consignment box but i did not hear anything from you since
then. anyway thank God I'm happy to inform you that i have finally
receive my payment with help of Mr.Gary E.Lawrence after long delay of
the payment and pains i went true.I want to say here that I'm very
grateful to God.Meanwhile i have traveled for a two years cause and i
will not come back till August 2020.Having said that i won't forget to
appreciate your effort and concern you showed to help me secure the
fund therefore i have deposited the sum of{$500.000,00} five hundred
thousand dollars only in your name to the security company as Box of
African cloths with Registered Number:MXXH779047.I have paid for all
the charges including delivery fee with insurance fee the only money
you will pay to them is [95usd]Ninety five dollars only for security keeping.i
wanted to pay for the fee but they said no because they don't know
when you will contact them for the claim due to dumurrage,Remember that you must not forward

this mail to the security company so that they will not have knowledge of what is inside the

box is money Note it is very important for your own interest.

Note the security company don't know the content in side the Box i
register it as Box Of African cloths.Don't let them know what is in
side the box to avoid delay.All you have to do right now is resend
them your Full Name and Receiving Address where they will deliver the
consignment box to you for reconfirmation's with your 95usd security
keeping fee as soon as possible to avoid dumurrage.Once again don't be
deceive by anybody the only money you will pay them is{95usd} for
security keeping only there is no other payment whatsoever note.

The name of the company is Alinco security keeping company Contact
Email: } Office Address Plot 107 western
avenue Lagos.Your advise immediately go to any western union outlet,
or Ria Transfer to send the 95usd security keeping fee to the
security company with your receiving address and full Name so that
they can quickly deliver your consignment box without delay.Send your
receiving address to the below
Contact Name:Anderson Clark
Head of Delivery officer.

I wish you all the best Hope to hear from you as soon as you receive
your consignment box.
Dr.Davidson Donald

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