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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 john timba <>
Reply-To: "dr john timba " <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 07:43:45 +0900 (JST)


I Just received a call from Sir. John Tibem, the new Director of DHL
Express Delivery Company head office, that your valued fund of
$5.800,000.00 Million US Dollars has finally been cleared and credited
into ATM (Card Number: 4434 3456 0953 4204). The package was signed by
the newly installed director of DHL (John Tibem) for delivery to your
home address with legal endorsement proof. So you are to reconfirm
your full delivery information below for the delivery to take place
immediately to your doorstep.

1. Your Full Name_____
2. Your Address______
3. Your Phone Number____
4. Your Age/Sex______
5. Your Country_____
6. Your Occupation_____

Contact the DHL at the following information below:
Contact Person: Dr. John Tibem
DHL Delivery Section

DHL Express courier company Head Office.

Your registration code is (GL-5202). Use it as subject when contacting them.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Signed By
State Foreign Payment Adviser
West African Region

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