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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. Thomas" <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:43:54 -0700

Hello good news

Good day and how are you today? Having reviewed all the obstacles and
problems surrounding your over due inheritance funds valued $10.8 Million
USD (Ten Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) payment and
your inability to meet up with the charges required due to unnecessary
protocols involved.

It is my great pleasure to inform you that we have successfully arranged
with UBA Bank Director, Dr. Oliver Alawuba covert your above mentioned fund
which was originally in a Consignment box into ATM card and ready for
delivery to your door step.

I was happy when UBA Bank Director, Dr. Oliver Alawuba informed me that all
the necessary arrangement has been completed that he has converted the
total amount into ATM Card in your name, after which I went to DHL Courier
Company and registered it for onward delivery to your address. Kindly
study bellow information for your deposit details:

Description: UBA BANK (ATM CARD)
Depositor: Linda Conti
Deposit Number: DHL-101-PL45
Deposit Certificate N0.E405576
Sort/Clearance Code: DHL/101-45/P50

According to Mrs Linda Conti, you can able to withdraw $2,500.00 per each
withdrawal at daily limit of $15,000.00 until you withdraw your total $10.8
Million from the ATM CARD. So all you need is to write application letter
to DHL Courier Company contact information or call their foreign
operation department Dr Lawrence for immediate delivery schedule of your
ATM CARD to your resident address.

Contact Person: Dr. Micheal Lawrence (Foreign Operation Department)
DHL Courier Company Cotonou Benin,
Plot No. 23 Patte D'Oie 03 BP 2147 Cotonou
Office Contact number: ( +1 (817) 502-2435

Don't forget to reconfirm your current data as Dr. Micheal Lawrence
requested to enable their delivery agent deliver safely.
Herein is what they need from you

1. Your Full Names:_____________
2. Postal Address:__________
3. Direct Cell Numbers:_______
4. E-mail Address:__________
5. Sex:__________
7. Occupation:__________
9.Country Name_____________

Please hurry up now as your package might attract charges if it
stays more than 3 days with DHL and do keep us posted.

Warmest Regards,

Mr. Johnson Thomas
IMF Head Quarter Dept Reconciliation Committee
Benin Republic

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