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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 James Wilson <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:46:31 -0700


I have registered your (ATM CARD) of $2.5usd with DHL Office with
registration code of (registration Code awb 33xzs). please Contact
with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your Address and
Your Telephone Number:

DHL Delivery Services
Contact Person: Mr.David Lood
DHL Office Benin Republique
Tel: +229 99402909

I have paid for the Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay is their
Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Code

Best Regards,
Mr James Wilson

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