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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 Linda Andy <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:33:36 -0800
Subject: Attention: Dear Beneficiary

From The Desk DHL Express
address..Rue Bph141 Kington
Avenue Cotonou Benin
Director Rv.Mr.Gabriel Philip Cook
Direct Line+229 90478497

Attention: Dear Beneficiary
This is to bring to your notice that we have credited your total sum
of $16.500.000.00 USD into an ATM VISA card and we have deposited it
with DHL Express Company to deliver it to you. We paid all the
necessary charges such as Company registration and delivery fee.

The only money you will send to them is the security keeping charges
of your ATM VISA card $35.00 dollars. We tried to pay that but they
complained that they don't know when you will contact them for the
delivery and the demur rage might have increased by then. I deposited
it on 12/1/2022. Therefore, contact Person Director DHL Express
Rv.Mr.Gabriel Philip Cook Email Address;

E-Mail Addaress ( )
Director Rv.Mr.Gabriel Philip Cook
Direct Line+229 90478497
whatssap Phone Number +2349018425867

with Your full Information Such As Listed Bellow:

Your Full Name........
Your Country............
Your City Airport........
Your Home Address........
Telephone Number.........

Boss Mrs Linda Andy

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