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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 18:42:53 +0400
Subject: DHL GmbH

Dear Esteemed Customer.

I am Mr. Oscar Williams , the Chief Executive Officer DHL, International GmbH, I wish to inform you that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has given us Instruction Order to cancel the delivery of all Unclaimed Parcels in our custody, We have to check the parcel content and we finally discovered that it contained an ATM Credit Card and other vital credit documents, Based on the fact that we have been trying to locate you via your contact address for this claim.

You are urgently required within seven working days to come up and claim your parcel to avoid any further hitch in your claim, Kindly try in your best interest to come up and claim your Parcel, Be advised that you must meet up with the given date to avoid losing your parcel.

Please send us your full Contact Address details, and your Mobile Number to enable us to channel the delivery to the right Address, Kindly view attached copy of my official identification ID Card for your perusal. You are advised to DIRECT YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS : : for more directive .
Thanking you for your anticipated cooperation as we await your urgent response.
Yours faithfully,
Mr Oscar Williams, CEO

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