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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:

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:53:28 -0700

This notification is reaching you from FEDEX COURIER Company Nigeria,
we have received your CONSIGNMENT BOX worth the total sum of $10.7M
US Dollars from Economic Organization Of West African States (ECOWAS)
and our Diplomatic agent is prepared to take off to your country for
the delivery of the BOX. After our final meeting regarding the fund
we resolve to contact you before our DIPLOMAT shall arrive your Country
and encounter any kind of wrong DELIVERY.

The company needed you to forward your information to him or to us
immediately to enable him locate you and also provide you with your
CONSIGNMENT BOX at your doorstep and also less you stress on the process
of RECEPTION. Once you contacted him, he will offer you a CODE NUMBER that
is guiding your package for security purpose, this is to avoid the
victimization of scammers.

So Kindly Fill Your Full Information Below To Avoid Mistakenly Convey Your
Package To Wrong Address:

Your full Names:=============
Your Home Address:============
Your nearest Airport Address:============
Your Country:==============
Your Mobile Phone Number:=============
Your occupation:=============
Your age/sex=============
A copy your passport:===========

Note: You could have contacted us directly here, but the contact person you
should often communicate with from now henceforth is the delivering Diplomatic
Agent who is in possession of your CONSIGNMENT BOX together with it CONTENTS,
so email him with your information: ( Or Text

as you receive this message.
Non stop order has been given to him by the company to embank the delivery
of your CONSIGNMENT BOX with enough effort to attain successful delivery at
the end of the day.
All i needed from you is to be alerted so that the Diplomatic Agent will not
encounter any kind of delay that might hold him from delivering the box to
your home address.Hoping to hear from you soon!!!

Yours In Service:
Mr.Frank Wilson Sr

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