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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. Richard Duckworth" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 14:18:23 +0530

DHL International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie 03
BP 2147 Cotonou, Benin Republic.


Your package worth the total sum of $7.5million 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 ongoing online random selection Compensation
Program 2021 in association with the International Corporation Benin
Republic 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 $219usd. Note that you are to
contact our Head Dispatch Officer Mr. Richard Duckworth with all this
information to avoid wrong delivery thanks.

We Await your prompt positive response.

DHL Express ®Courier Company.
Email Address Where To Contact {}
Mr. Richard Duckworth {Head Dispatch Officer}

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