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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: "Mail" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:14:31 -0700

Attention Beneficiary
I am Diplomat  Andrew Peter , the United Nations special diplomat assigned to deliver your Consignment (World Bank approved fund valued US$10,625,000.00. Ten Million Six Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand United  States Dollars)As a matter of urgency I hereby request you to immediately reconfirm your delivery details to enable me proceed without delays for the delivery of your consignment box to your doorstep.
Please Kindly contact us here:
Delivery Receiver Name:
Delivery Address:
Direct Telephone No:City:
Name of your nearest airport:Company Name:Your Age:
I look forward to meeting you in person for the handover/delivery of your consignment box.
Yours Sincerely,
Diplomat Andrew Peter

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