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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: "Mr.Paul William" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:39:15 -0800
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,


We have finally succeeded in getting your package worthy of
$10.5million out of delivery your consignment with the help of Dr
David Don Attorney General of Federal High Court of Justice Benin
which act as your foreign Attorney representative here in Benin.

So every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the
Agent Mr. Paul William of your package and every Documents guiding
your delivery is well updated so you are advice to re-confirm your
full delivery information to the Agent right now as he is currently at
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York with your package, As
he called me this morning to inform me that he misplaced your delivery
address which he has.

So you are advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to the
diplomat and call him with this number( +1850-937-7093) so as to have
easy conversation with him and to enable you give him full direction
to get your package delivered to you and hand you over your package
safe and sound, Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as the
Agent Mr. paul William has no time to waste due to his flight ticket,

So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(4)Fax Number================
(7)Nearest Airport ==============as he is at John F. Kennedy
International Airport New York right now because of the Searching and
Scanning of the package which made him to misplace your address
(8)A Copy of Your I D For Identification. attached

So contact him via his email address,
Contact person,
Name- Agent Mr. Paul William
E-mail Address (
Contact number( +1850-937-7093)

So contact him to deliver your package first thing tomorrow morning
possibly today, So get back to us immediately you contact the Agent to
make sure that your fund has getting to you without any hitch,

Furthermore remember the Agent delivering the package does not know
the content of that consignment box is money, Because the Attorney
which represented you registered i t as a family value to avoid hitch
during the delivery so unknown circumstances should you let him know
the content of that consignment box is $10.5million to avoid lost of
your fund as your Consignment was Sign and Stamp by Federal Ministry
of Justice to make sure that it is protected until it gets to you.

Dr David Don

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