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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: john bruce <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:43:44 +0100

ATTENTION: I have Paid the FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY the delivery fee for the delivery of your fund ($1.500.000) which has been credited in an ATM MASTER CARD for easy and safe delivery.But the manager of Central Bank Benin told me that the ATM CARD will be re-activated before sending it to you so that you will be able to withdraw the whole ($1.500.000) before it will expire.So i told director of FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY REV DR.MAXWELL JOHN to please help in re-activating the card before delivering it to you, So the only fee you will pay him is $98 re-activation charges to enable him re-activate the card before sending it to you to avoid expiry. Below is the needed information to enable them re-activate and deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to you immediately.Note: the only fee you have to pay them is $98usd that they will use in re-activating the CARD and also indicate this code (sc0081) when writen or calling he director, because it will prove that you are the owner of the ATM MASTER CARD. SHALOM COURIER COMPANY REPUBLIC DU BENINREV.DR. MAXWELL JOHN (DIRECTOR)EMAIL========= ( +229-93697226 SEND THE BELOW INFORMATION TO THE FEDEX DELIVERY COMPANY DIRECTOR ON THE ABOVE INFORMATION 1.YOUR FULL NAME______________________________2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS._________________________3.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER_______4.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE______________________5.NATIONALITY._________________________________ Do let me know immediately you receive your ATM MASTER CARD so that we can share the joy togerther please do not forget to indicate this code(sc0081) to him ok. BEST REGARDJOHN BRUCE
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