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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: Humphrey Pule <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 08:47:58 +0300
Subject: Hello


This is Humphrey Pule the delivery agent mandated by United Nations
(UN) to deliver your package fund to you. I am at the airport with
your $2.5 Million united state dollars fund package ready to
be cleared and delivered to you as directed. At this point I wish to
know your readiness to receive your fund as you will be required to
reconfirm your receiving address once more so that I will make sure
that I give them your correct address to avoid any mistake about the
delivery they told me that you will be required to pay for the
Security Keeping Fee of the parcel for a little rate amount of money
which will only cost you ($120.00 dollar.)

Please reconfirm to me your delivery details and nearest airport;
Full name
Nearest airport
I will be waiting for your response

UN Diplomatic Agent.
Humphrey Pule

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