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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 Phillip Jordan <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 10:25:06 +0100
Subject: Attention dear beneficiary!

DHL International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie 03
BP 2147 Cotonou, Benin Republic.


Your package worth the total sum of $2,900,000 million United State
Dollar in an ATM CARD is here in our office.It was deposited to this
office by the United Nations {HEAD CONSULTANT} saying that it was won
by your email address in their ongoing online random selection
Compensation Programs 2023 in association with the International
Corporation Benin Republic OIL&GAS LTD.
What you have to do now is to contact our delivery department with
your information and as soon as we confirm your details our delivery
team will commence with the delivery of your package to your
designated address immediately.
You would be required to submit information's bellow:
Your Full Name:________
Your Home address where the ATM CARD will be delivered:_______
Your Phone Number:_______
Your Country:______
We shall proceed on your delivery as soon as we confirm your
information, I also wish to inform you that you will be taking the
responsible of the delivery
charges being $150 usd only. NOTE THAT;,you are to contact our Head
Dispatch Officer MR PHILLIP JORDAN with all this information to avoid
wrong delivery
We Await your prompt positive response.
DHL Express ®Courier Company.
Mr.PHILLIP JORDAN{Head Dispatch Officer}
Telephone +22962994226.

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