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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: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 08:54:23 -0700
Subject: From Dhl Express Courier Delivery Company

Good Day,

My name is Ms Sandra White; I am a citizen of United States Of America
Working with under DHL Couriers Delivery Company here in Atlanta Ga
30314 USA, dear this is to inform you that a Package worth of $3.5
million United States was registered in our office in favor of you for
further delivery to your address therefore I want you to reconfirm
your Address to me so that within 24hrs i will have the package
deliver to you because our service is a day express delivery,
Therefore you will receive your package today immediately you have
reconfirm your address and also send
Our mailing fee of $125 through Gift card or steam card to avoid delay
and you will confirm your package within couple of hours time the
package will be delivered to Your address,
Final i want you to understand that your package is right here in the
United States,
So reconfirm your address to me immediately you have receive this
message to avoid wrong delivery because if there is mistake it will
take some time to connect it again to your current address please be

Awaiting your reply with your full names and address,

Best Regards
Ms Sandra White EMAIL-(

From Dhl Express Courier Delivery Company

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