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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: "Diplomat Joe McDonald" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:15:26 -0700
Subject: REF; CALL OR TEXT ME URGENT (561)320-2594

Iím Diplomat Joe McDonald, I have been trying to reach you about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrived Dallas/Fort Worth International airport Texas with your two Boxes of Consignment Box worth $9.5M Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars which I have been instructed by ECOWAS to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the paper's I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the Yellow Tag which is not placed on the boxes, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the yellow tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful. I try to reason with them and they stated the yellow tag will cost us just $100 Dollars only to get the two tag placed on the boxes as that tag will enable deliver today Please try and reach me with my number (561) 320 - 2594 TEXT OR CALL ME as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take care of. Here are the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers. I have all vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it's the diplomatic rules, such as authorization to deliver. Re-confirm to me your information urgent Full Name............... Correct phone number ........... Delivery Address .............. Your Nearest International Airport............. You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get the Yellow Tag here for you authority. reply on my E-mail: ( GET BACK TO ME WITH PAYMENT INFORMATION USE MONEY GRAM OFFICE SEND THE $100 NOW OR BUY $100 GOOGLE PLAY CARD SEND ME NOW TO MAKE THIS DELIVERY OF YOUR PACKAGE FUND OF $9.5M USD TO YOUR DOORSTEP FASTER Receiver; Emma Kanu Country; Benin Republic City; Cotonou Country; Code 00229 Amount; $100 US Dollars Text Question; when Answer; today SENDER NAME I ADVISE YOU BUY THE $100 GOOGLE PLAY CARD SEND NOW I AM WAITING FOR THE PICTURES OF THE $100 GOOGLE PLAY CARD ONCE YOU BUY IT NOW AND COMPLETE RECEIVE AND ENJOY YOUR PACKAGE FUND OF $9.5M USD TODAY Regard DIPLOMAT JOE MCDONALD E-mail ( CALL OR TEXT ME URGENT (561)320-2594

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