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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:

Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:05:55 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Attn: Package Beneficiary .

Attn: Package Beneficiary .

I want to acknowledged you that we have finally succeeded in getting your
package worth of $7.2million out of ECOWAS Economic Community of West African
States department with the help of Mr. James George Attorney General of Federal
High Court of Justice Benin Republic which act as your foreign Attorney
representative here in Benin Republic

So every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the Agent Dube
John for the delivery of your Consignment Box and every Documents guiding your
delivery is well updated so you are advised to reconfirm your full delivery
information to the Agent right now as he is currently at JF KENNEDY Airport
International Airport with your Consignment Box, As he called me this morning
to inform me that he misplaced your delivery address which he has due to
CUSTOMS FBI CIA and POLICE searching and scanning on the Box as if he is a
terrorist there in your country but finally I thank God that they have
confirmed that his movement is clear and legit with out any suspicious
intentions to your country only to deliver this Consignment Box to you and the
documents are updated as I earlier told you.

So you are advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to the diplomat
and ask him to send you your DHL Airway Bill so as to prove to you that he is
currently in your country also ask him to give you his mobile number so as to
have easy conversation with him and to enable you give him full direction to
get your Consignment Box delivered to you and hand you over your Consignment
Box safe and sound, Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as the Agent
Dube John has no time to waste due to his flight ticket,

So the Information you are required to reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.

1 Your Full Name:
2 Mobile Phone Number:
3 Current Home Address:
4 Fax Number:
5 Country:
6 City:
7 Occupation

as he is at JF KENNEDY Airport right now because of the Searching and Scanning
of the Consignment which made him to misplace your address 8 A Copy of Your ID
For Identification.

Kindly contact him via his email address, Contact person, Name Agent Dube John
So contact him to deliver your consignment box first thing tomorrow morning
possibly today, So get back to us immediately you contact the Agent
( +1(646) 583-6198 to make sure that your fund has
getting to you without any hitch, Furthermore remember the Agent delivering the
Consignment Box does not know the content of that consignment box is money,
Because the Attorney which represented you at ECOWAS registered it as a family
value to avoid hitch during the delivery so unknown circumstances should you
let him know the content of that consignment box is $7.2million to avoid lost
of your fund as your Consignment was Sign and Stamp by Federal Ministry of
Justice to make sure that it is protected until it gets to you.

The Director of DHL Courier Company Benin Republic.

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