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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: "Mrs. Billie Jean Pearson" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 12:19:40 -0800
Subject: Contact Agent Fred Miller

Attention My Dear,

I am Mrs. Billie Jean Pearson the director general of DHL COURIER
COMPANY Benin republic. We wish to inform you that our diplomatic
agent conveying your Packages worth $23.7m USD is at the Airport right
now and he is currently waiting to hear from you so as to finalize the
delivery. We advice you reconfirm the following information below to
him so that he can deliver your consignment to you today.

Your Full Name:...........
Your Home Address:.........
Your Country/ City:........
Your Age:..................
Your Sex:..................
Your Direct Phone Number:..
Your ID copy:.............

Please do contact our diplomatic agent with the email and phone number
below with your full information as listed above required.

Name of agent: Fred Miller

E-mail him now, He is waiting to hear from you today with the information.

Mrs. Billie Jean Pearson

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