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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: "Hon. Brett S. Peterson" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:30:28 +0100
Subject: your package


I have registered your Compensation Fund of ($8.2million) with DHL
Courier Company with registration code of (011-827-8947) for 72hours
Delivery. I packaged the total sum in a Consignment Box sealed as
Church Gift & succeeded in it with DHL Courier Company to ensure the
delivery is complete within 72hours as we agreed. What you have to do
is to contact them with the given information below and reconfirm your
home Address, phone number and office address to them.

Mr. Richard UDO
DHL Courier Company
Benin Republic West Africa,
Tel: +229-6964-0574
E-mail: ( )

Base on the charge involve for the delivery, I have paid the entire
fee involved for the Delivery except their Security Keeping Fee of
(US$69.00) which you have to pay them as beneficiary of the
Consignment. NOTE that as soon as you pay them the Security Fee your
Delivery will take place and arrive to your home or Office within
72hours. Please indicate the registration Number of (011-827-8947) to
them when contacting or calling them with this information Tel:
+229-6964-0574 E-mail: (

Best Regard's,
Hon. Brett S. Peterson

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