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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: "Barr. Sylvia England" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 20:12:36 +0100
Subject: CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261

Williams Benson DHL agent is now at Richmond International
Airport with your consignment box worth of 4.7 million Dollars,
all you have to do now is send him your delivery address again
So that he won?t make mistake CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261 email=
(, this is all that is needed now urgently
because he is there now waiting to hear from you since yesterday,
and I told him to be at the security office so that nothing will happen
to the CARD

(1) Full names ---
(2) Phone line ---
(3) Country and city -----
(4) Age/sex ------
(6) Home address:-
CODE NUMBER: 0140479

also make sure that you forward your Code Number and Bank
registration's to him because it is very important to enable him
locate your package. Please do contact the diplomatic agent
with the information required CALL OR TEXT HIM (360) 646-8261 He is
waiting to hear from you today with the information,
Best regards
Barr. Sylvia England

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