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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: Mrs Elaine Costanzo Duke <"www.">
Reply-To: Mrs Elaine Costanzo Duke <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:19:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Homeland Security Department

U.S.A. Homeland Security Department.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington , DC 20520
Greeting from USA Embassy,

Attn Dear Citizens!

This is to notify you that your consignment has been in our custody we are waiting for you to comply with our instructions before your package delivery will be

effected to your delivery address. We have been waiting for you to contact us regarding your consignment box which Courier Company suppose to deliver to you which is

on hold by U.S.A. Homeland Security Department Bureau and requesting for clearance certificate which will be obtain from the origination of the consignment box before

it will be released. As a result of you not comply within duration given by Benin Government that is the reason the consignment box was diverted to treasury but the

government of American have decide to make American Citizen happy by been willing to release the package consisting of a Bank Draft Total sum of $4.8millions usd

written with your name as the beneficiary within 4 hours immediately you secure the clearance certificate today.

After the meeting held by our board of director which was concluded that the delivery of your consignment to your address must be complete within 4hrs upon your comply

to our requirement which is by sending the sum of $375.00 to enable us obtain the needed certificate and Your consignment for onward delivery to your house immediately

without any further delay we decide to contact you because we confirm some offices are trying to deceive you.

Note that your consignment box has been arrived in US embassy and waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given. Mean while you are advice to

reconfirm the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to wrong person.

1, Full name:
2, Country:
3, Address:
4, Occupation:
5, Age/sex:
6, Cell-Phone:
7, Nearest Airport:
8, Your alternative email address:

Once you notify us with the above information include with the $375 payment we will release your consignment to you. Note that you are expected to pay only $375.00usd

for clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the origination of the consignment box in favor of:(EKI CHIWEDU) as our accountant officer in

Benin Republic Send the $375.00usd through western union or money gram once you receive this mail with the information below for immediate release of your consignment


Receiver name: EKI CHIWEDU
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Text question: When
Answer: Now
Amount necessary.$375.00usd

Once you send the money, try to notify us with the MTCN for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your consignment.
Please treat this as matter of urgency .Note that any unclaimed consignment will be return to the Courier Company after 3 days for final diversion as a result of

failure to comply with our instruction and claim your consignment which arrived from Africa to our local airport here in USA. So you are urgently advise to comply with

our demand so that we will release your consignment we are working for the best of America citizen.

Treat with dispatch,
Yours Faithfully,
Assistant Secretary of State Mrs Elaine Costanzo Duke,
Contact email:
Tel phone: 1(704) 594-7516.

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