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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: "Mr.Fredrick Collins X" <xx@yy>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:13:22 -0700
Subject: Confidentail Diplomatic Immunity Cash Payment Delivery


I am Mr. Fredrick Collins. The New Director of Operations, Central Bank Of Nigeria. I decided to contact you because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the intense nature of politics in Nigeria. This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash delivery.This system will be easy for you and for us.

I am going to send your contract part payment of US$10. Million to you via diplomatic courier service. Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was brought touch from America, but since the money was not used, I will use my position as The New Director of Operations Central Bank Of Nigeria to send this fund to you.

The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now Is to send to me your full house address and your identity such as, international passport or drivers license including your contact phone numbers, The Diplomat will make use of your information to identify you and as a receiver.

He will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport, I hope you understand me. Note: The diplomatic does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Material,I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok.

Call me on my direct mobile: +234 8100082255, and will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment.

This clearance will make it pass every customs checkpoint all over the world without any hitch, Confirm the receipt of this message and sen the requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to be delivered as soon as I hear from you. Call me immediately you receive this message.

Best Regards,
Mr. Fredrick Collins
The New Director of Operations
Central Bank Of Nigeria.
+234 8100082255

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