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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 05:00:30 +0000

Dearest Friend,

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you
very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the fund,
without any positive outcome. I am obliged to inform you that I have
succeeded in Transfering the fund with the help of a new partner from
Paraguay Mr. Fernando Alvaro Gomez. Everything was perfectly done because
we stroke a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the
Federal Ministry of Finance (F M F), and she rendered tremendous help to us.

My new partner initiated this idea and it worked out successfully. In
appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the fund, I
have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1,550,000 (One Million
Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) Credited in an ATM
MASTER CARD. The ATM MASTER CARD will allow you withdrawal of $20,000 USD
CASH Daily, Please accept it as a Token of appriciation from Me.
Presently, I am in Paraguay for investment project with my own share under
the advice of my partner.

Since it was difficult to contact you Before i travelled due to the
urgency of my business schedule, I deposited your ATM MASTER CARD with the
Federal Express Courier Company in Benin Republic for delivery to your
Home. The Only Money you will pay to the company is the Security Keeping
fee hence contact them urgently to avoid paying much as Security Keeping
fee. Below is the Contact information of the company.

COMPANY NAME : Federal Express Company Benin- Republic.
DIRECTOR : Dr Arnold Aka.
TEL : +229-93457955

Your ATM MASTER CARD Code is (ATM-1022), Hence you contact Federal Express
courier company Benin Republic Immedietly and Reconfirm to them your
Delivery address and Direct telephone number so that you can recieve your

In the moment, I am very busy here in Asuncion the capital city of
Paraguay Due to the investment projects, which the new partner and I Have
at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Parcel Company to send your ATM
CARD to you without any delay and inform me as soon as you Recieve the
Master Card. Call the Director immedietly.

With My Best Regard,
Mr Martins Hodonou

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