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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 Eton Rick <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 10:54:50 +0100


this message is to inform you that we have succeeded on the delivery
of your fund.Simply contact Diplomat Mr Eton Rick with your full
delivery address And your nearest airport to land, on this
information below so that he can deliver your consignment box
worth $2.5Million, Contact Name: Mr Achidi Kofi contact Email: I advice you to reconfirm the following information
below to him,So that he will deliver your consignment that
contained your fund as soon as possible.

(1)Your Full Name=========
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address=====
(4)Fax Number==============
(7)Nearest Airport ==========

Mr Eton Rick was at Airport right now because of the Searching and
Scanning of the consignment which made him to misplace your address,so
contact him now.Be inform that to open the consignment the secret
code;is 26208,and the diplomat did not know the code due to I
registered the box as personal belonging to avoid wrong delivery.

Mr Eton Rick,
Director DHL Company.

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