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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" <>
Date: Thu, 02 May 2019 04:33:56 +0300
Subject: Invoice/Packing List


Dear customer Your DHL package has arrived at our regional office but w=
e can not deliver it due to incomplete delivery details. Please see the a=
ttached image to see and provide the required details marked with yellow so=
that we can deliver your package accordingly. . =

Click to download below to confirm if your address is correct before send=
ing it to our sales office to send it to its destination. Download or click=
on the file Below


Regards, =

Caroline Rosveldt =

Customer Care

2019 =A9 DHL International GmbH. All rights

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