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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: DHL Express <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 07:25:00 -0800
Subject: DHL Express


This is to bring to your notice that we have credited your total sum
of $4.500,000.00 into an ATM VISA card and we have deposited it with
DHLExpress Company to deliver it to you. We paid all the necessary
charges such as Company registration and Delivery charges of your ATM
VISA card.

The only money you will send to them is their security keeping fee of
$85usd. We tried to pay that but they complained that they don't know
when you will contact them for the delivery and the demurrage might
have increased by then. I deposited it on 21/9/2019. Therefore,
contact them now with Your Full Name, Address and Phone Number.

DHL Express
Manager: Jim Victor

Try and send them the security keeping fee of $85 today to avoid
increment of the fee. Indicate these codes to prove that you are the
rightful owner of
the ATM card.

Shipment Code;33DF6
Reg No; KDR44Q
Security Code; 5673

Tony Elumelu

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