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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: Robbins Paul <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 22:29:49 -0800

This is Robbins Paul of the High Court of Justice in Washington DC. I
am writing you about your Compensated Consignment Box, which is
currently worth $15,000,000.00, from the Deputy Director of the
Federal Bureau investigation, Sir David Lance Bowdich. However, it has
come to my attention that a Mr. James Eldon, a Federal Bureau
investigation officer is attempting to claim your funds under the
false pretences that you were "killed by gangsters" time ago.? Since
then, I have been searching for you, I am an honest man, and I cannot
allow someone to take what doesn't belong to them. Please choose one
of these trusted delivery companies, prices are listed below.

â„¢UPS - $250.00 (3 Hours Delivery Time Frame)
â„¢FedEx - $150.00 (5 Hours Delivery Time Frame)
â„¢DHL - $75.00 (10 Hour Deliv?ery Time Frame)

Please select the delivery company of your choice and Sir David will
assign Officer Daniel Munoz to escort the company agent delivering the
Please also send your full information as listed below to avoid
delivery to the wrong address
Full name::::::::::::
Current address:::::::::::::
Phone number:::::::::::
ID card:::::::::::::

Best regards
Robbins Paul

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