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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: "Eric Collins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 04:24:12 -0700
Subject: Your package for delivery ASAP

Attention Customer,

I have to introduce myself to you this is your last warning, I am US 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 here in America 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 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 $170,I want you to bear in mind that we are only trying to help you because I believe that you have send alot money on this for a longtime and yet you have not receive your package, note that arrangement of this ATM Master Card package have been issue to US custom, and the FBI have advice us to secure all property in this DHL COMPANY.

I have helped three beneficiaries from United States of America this year to get there fund without any problem and you are the four person iam helping now.the three individual who has already receive the fund through my assistance are as follow Mrs.Anthonio smith---Maryland USA Mr.Roy rry---Florida usa, miss. Marlyna jones --Atlantic Georgia the above mentioned are the three persons who received there fund by my assistance i can,t see why yours will not be possible.Base on we have secure all documents to help you receive your ATM Master Card package without any other don't have anything to worry about.

Once again the lists of package content are:

Revenue Board).

To enable us dispatch your package without watting mush time,therefore we advised you to make the payment of $175 as soon as possible and re-confirm to us your bellow delivery address and send us the delivery charges of $175,Please note that the fee must be paid to via western union or Moneygram before time will be against you.

Be strickly advice to send your correct address delivery below to aviod delivery your package to a wrong person and send $170 delivery charge to Nigeria as your Country origin of your package to enable Lagos DHL company deliver your ATM Master Card package to your door step with witout delay.

1. Your Full Name_____
2. Your Age ______
3. Country________
4. Your occupation____
5. Mobile Phone Number____
6.Your Current Delivery Address___
7.International Passport/Driving id card:___

Be advise to send the fee today as soon as you receive this message to enable us carry action on your delivery note that $175 is not a big amount to prove your genuineness otherwise you have created the answer by yourself and name your status as a FAKE or WRONG beneficiary as presumed. It will be to your great advantage to do everything humanly possible to send this $175 to Nigeria today and be happy forever.

This delivery will be strictly supervised by this office till you receive this fund. I shall be expecting your swift response as soon as you receive this message.


Eric Collins
DHL Permanent Representative.
DHL Express International Worldwilde.

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