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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: "DIPLOMAT MARK WILFRED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:22:55 +0100
Subject: CALL OR TEXT ME URGENT (469) 629-2261 ams

Attn: TO You,

I’m Diplomat Mark Wilfred I have been trying to reach you about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrived Dallas/Fort Worth International airport Texas with your two Boxes of Consignment Box worth $9.5M Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars which I have been instructed by ECOWAS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the paper's I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the Yellow Tag which is not placed on the boxes, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the yellow tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful. I try to reason with them and they stated the yellow tag will cost us just $115 Dollars only to get the two tag placed on the boxes as that tag will enable deli
ver today

Please try and reach me with my number (469) 629-2261 TEXT OR CALL as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of. Here are the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers. I have all vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it's the diplomatic rules, such as authorization to deliver.

Re-confirm to me your information urgent
Full Name...............
Correct phone number ...........
Delivery Address .............
Your Nearest International Airport.............

You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get the Yellow Tag here for you authority. reply on my E-mail ( GET BACK TO ME WITH PAYMENT INFORMATION USE MONEY GRAM OFFICE OR WESTERN UNION OFFICE SEND THE $115 NOW

Receiver WOOD NAMO.
Country Benin Republic.
City Cotonou
Country Code 00229
Amount $115 US Dollars
Text Question. when?
Answer .today.

E-mail (
CALL OR TEXT ME URGENT (469) 629-2261

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