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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:

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 00:24:10 -0700
Subject: DHL Express Courier

Attention Dear,

I have registered your ATM CARD of $1.8 with DHL Express Courier
Company with registration code of (GL005).

Note that your ATM visa Card which worth ($1.8M), has less than three months
to expire and when it expires, the money will go into Government purse.
please Contact with your delivery information such as,

Like I stated earlier, the crediting re-activation, delivery and the Company
registration charges has been paid by me, but we did not pay their official
keeping fees since they refused, they refused and the reason is that they do
not know when you are going to contact them and the demur- rage might have
increased by then, They told me that their keeping fees is $50 per day only,
and I deposited it on Saturday 25th of March 2023.

Receiver's Name......
Your phone number......
Your Age........
Marital Status........
copy of your id.....

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is
their Security fee only. Please indicate the registration Number And ask Him
about the payment information that you will use to pay the Security fee for the
immediate dispatching of your package without any further delay.

Best Regards,
Telephone +229 6952 2128.

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