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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:23:12 +0100
Subject: Attention dear beneficiary

Good day, please let this be a secret between us, so that i will not
lose my job,
because if the comptroller knows that i revealed this to you, i will
lose my job authormatically.
I am Mr David Beltran from CBP office Louisiana, i write to inform you
that custom & border protection
have sealed plan to move your package to the Treasury Department which
will lead to permanent forfeiture
of your $12.5 million compensation fund. This is because corona virus
pandemic have collapsed the economy & every
country is going on global recession which impose risk in all
uncleared/unclaimed consignment. It is pertinent to note that
packages that are not cleared within 7 days from now will be
permanently waived & forfeited & will be turned to Government
treasure.The only possible solution to your fund now is the waiver
certificate which will be an estoppel to CBP from further
forfeiture of your package. To secure the waiver certificate, kindly
send your full

Phone number...
Delivery address..&

so that it will be used to fill the waiver from today. As soon as your
details is received, i shall proceed to secure the
necessary papers immediately and deliver your consignment without delay.

Phone: +229 62185070


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