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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,James Newton" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 03:54:08 -0800
Subject: Prime Logistics service Correspondence/Remittance

Prime Logistics Courier Service
Address:Plot 10/12,Kibira/Mulwana Road,Bugolobi,Kampala Uganda
Open until 10:00 PM

Compliment Of new Season:

My name is Mr,James Newton,manager of Prime courier service Kampala
Uganda. i was transfer from Cotonou Benin to Kampala Uganda last week
Monday and last week Friday,i find consignment that bear's your name
in my office and that is reason i contacted you now,because your
consignment show you suppose to receive it since December 2022 and
were now in February 2023,you should be open to me and inform me
reason your consignment is not yet delivered to you since all this
month's.i received message from our Uganda president Yoweri Museveni
and i was directed to make sure you receive your consignment this time
around because i find out that some bad eggs sit on your consignment
since and i thank God for our new president Yoweri Museveni who
ordered this office to make sure you receive your consignment without
any delay as soon as you
comply with me,listen you have to bear cost of shipment of your
consignment to your address and also your advice to reconfirm below
information to me to avoid mistake of delivery,

A,Your full name
B,Your house address where our agent will deliver your parcel to you
C,Your Telephone number

I wait to receive your I.D.CARD and also reconfirm your address once
again to me.


Mr,James Newton
manager of Prime Logistics Courier Service Kampala Uganda.

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