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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: deliverycompany016 <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 08:03:04 +1100
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary.

Greetings, Dear.

Your Payment of $19.5 Million from United Bank Benin has been
Released and Approved for onward transfer to you Via an ATM, through
the services of National DHL Company. We were able to accomplish this
through the help of IMF director MR ANDY ADEBAYO and every necessary
arrangement has been made successfully with the National DHL Agent MR

You should contact the agent to send you the card and the Pin number
which you will use to activate your card is (0516). You should
reconfirm this information to the agent SHE IS ALREADY AT THE AIRPORT
trying to reach you on phone and the only thing delaying her now is
your address to be reconfirm so that she will be sure before she make
a move thank you;

Your Full Name___________
Your Telephone____________
You're Address_______________
Your City___________________

Through DHL address:
Avenue Jean Paul I BP 325- Cotonou
Tel +1 (660) 613 6509. Agnet. MR PATRICK BEN

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