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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: "Hon. John Douglas" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2023 10:45:17 +0100


This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the courier charges
and the delivery of your ATM CARD.I paid it because the ATM CARD worth
USD$2.7 M has less than Four weeks and four days to expire and when it
expires the money will go into Government reserve. With that I decided
to help you pay the money so that the ATM CARD will not expire,
because I know when you get your ATM CARD definitely you must
compensate me.

Now your ATM CARD has been deposited with DHL Courier Company for
delivery so I want you to contact DHL Courier Company with your Full
Contact information so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your
designated address without any delay.

Your Full Name:.........
Home Address:...........
Phone Number:...........

Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges have been paid but I did
not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. Reasons for
their refusal are because they do not know when you are going to
contact them. They told me that their keeping fee is $25 per day and I
deposited it Yesterday 8/03/2023.Below is their Contact Information,

Contact Person: Mr.Anthony Kenneth
Phone# +22945091203
DHL Delivery Service

Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid mistake on the
delivery.I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconcile
it to them again to avoid any mistake in the delivery including with
your ID or Picture.Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive the
package US $ 2.7 MILLION .Ask Mr.Anthony Kenneth DHL Courier Company
Director How you can Send to them their Official Security Keeping Fees
Witch Is Only $25 which is per day.

Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know
once you receive your ATM CARD.

From Hon. John Douglas the General
Payment Contractor of Federal
Government Of Benin

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