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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: Dhl Express <>
Reply-To: Dhl Express <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:25:14 +0900 (JST)

Attention Customer,

I have to introduce myself to you this is last warning . I am U.s citizen working under DHL COMPANY Permanent Representative of the USA DHL WORKER for American as whole . We did received some letter from FBI and Interpol office in USA here, that your Award beneficiaries, that some so called claims coordinators has been extorting money from beneficiary's before they will agree to sign the funds release and make the funds available to you due, to that regards a meeting was held on the 28th of August to make sure that the files of your ATM Master Card packages are being looked into and also check out, And that was when we actually found out that your package contains the sum of $2.5 million had not been deliver to your doorstep.

To that effect we the DHL COMPANY decided to help beneficiary's to deliver the sum of $2.5million to your home address without wasting anytime, You don't have to pay any other charge/fees apart from the courier charge, I want you to bear in mind that we are only trying to help you because I believe that you have been running with the wrong people for a longtime now and yet you have not receive your package and note that arrangement of this ATM Master Card package have been issue US custom and FBI advice us to secure all property in this DHL COMPANY.

I also want to inform you that we have secure all documents to help you receive your FUNDS PACKAGE without any other delays, you don't have anything to worry about.

Once again the lists of package content are:

Revenue Board).

To enable us dispatch your package via the above stated express channels for delivery system kindly see below for the charges required for delivery,therefore we urgent you to make the payment of $105 as soon as possible to avoid more increase of your delivery charge, which also serve as the courier charge, We are sending to you details with which you are to make your payment with, for the delivery charges of your parcel. Please note that all payment for delivery should be made via (Money Gram or Western Union ) and be advice to send the money to the correct information below and send it correctly to Nigeria as the origin of your package to enable
Lagos dhl company deliver to you

1: Receiver Name; Okagbue Rubison
2.Country:::: Nigeria
3.City ::::/ Lagos
4.: Sender's Address::::
5: MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number):
6. Amount $105 only
7: Text Question:::: How Long
8.Text Answer.:::: Two Days
9: Senders Name should be your name please.

I advise that you try your possible best to come up with the payment as soon as possible so that your parcel can leave for dispatch before 12 hours according to the agreement paper , Hope you understand? And on the receipt of your payment confirmation email, your package will be set for delivery which you will receive within 12 hours. We sincerely hope the above information is helpful to you, should you have any further queries do not hesitate to write to us. Please make sure you furnish us with your current delivery address to enable us proceed because once they confirm from Nigeria that the payment is received we will deliver within 12 hours from
this company.

Kindly get back to us and also with the requested information's, am going to help you complete this transaction if you want us to proceed on this matter with urgent don,t fail to send the courier charge today.


Managing Director.
DHL Express International Worldwilde.

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