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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: Wayen Douglass <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 07:06:48 +0100
Subject: FedEx courier company

FedEx International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie 03
BP 2147 Cotonon.


Your package worth the total sum of $2.8 million United State Dollars
in an ATM CARD is here in our office. It was deposited to this office
by the United

Nations {HEAD CONSULTANT} saying that it was won by your email address
in their on going online random selection Compensation Program 2021 in

with the International Corporation Benin Republic OIL&GAS LTD. What
you have to do now is to contact our delivery department with your
information and as

soon as we confirm your details our delivery team will commence with
the delivery of your package to your designated address immediately.

You would required to submit information bellow:

Your Full Name:
Your Home address where the ATM CARD will be delivered:
Your Country:
Your Phone Number

We shall proceed on your delivery as soon as we confirm your
information, I also wish to inform you that you will be taking the
responsible of the delivery
charges $229 usd. Note that you are to contact our Head Dispatch
Officer Mr. wayne douglass with all this information to avoid wrong
delivery thanks.

We Await your prompt positive response.

FedEx courier Company.
Email Address Where To Contact {} text
number +16027267687
Mr. Wayne Douglass {Head Dispatch Officer}

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