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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. James Chinn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:14:34 -0700
Subject: Dear Package Owner,

Dear Package Owner,

I am Mr. James Chinn from the capital Courier Delivery, we were instructed by the United Nations to deliver your ATM Card which contains $15million to your home address as soon as possible therefore you are required to provide to us with the below information to enable us register your package officially with us before we can issue you a tracking number of your package to enable you track it to know when we arrives your destination.

Full Name:
Contact Address:
Cell Phone:

Once we hear from you with the above details, we shall effect your package shipment immedietaly.

Thank you

Mr. James Chinn
Parcel Director
Capital Courier Delivery

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