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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. Ade Eric Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <erichweingand@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 21:29:56 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT VIA REGULAR MAIL SERVICE (G.P.S). CONTACT ( erichweingand@sbcglobal.net ).

Attention! Attention!! Attention!!!


Dear Sir / Ma,

GOD BLESSES YOU AS YOU CO-OPERATE TO THIS E-MAIL.

On behalf of the Minister of Finance and other private sectors here in Nigeria brings about this, Regular Mail Service to deliver the Unfinished Transfer of Funds and Gratuity that is in the custody of different firms and companies to the rightful owner in any countries. I am Mr. Ade Eric Jones.and im representing the agent of the federal government officials along the {GPS} (Global Postal Service).

The Minister of Finance has ordered the FedEx, DHL, UPS, First Bank, Zenith Bank and other firms to release the bank draft and ATM cards to the GPS (Regular Mail Service), So that they can be mailed out to the rightful owners, because there are too many complains coming to our desk from different customers.

The {FGN} Federal Government of Nigeria that people are not getting their Instrument to cash their funds and gratuity, e.g. people are not getting their Bank Draft and ATM Cards due to the fact that people are not meeting up with the required demands and amount imposed by some of this delivery/ courier companies, firms and other sectors and constant require of fees that are too much for people to handle/ forfiet.


We have series of Bank Drafts and ATM Cards here in our custody and they are sealed and we don't know who and where they belong to we are getting in touch with you to know if you have ever received an email regarding any Bank Draft and ATM Cards please contact us back as we are ready to Mail them to you this was the order given to me and the company by the Ministry of Finance here in Nigeria.

Here is my contact email address
Full Names: - Mr. Ade Eric Jones
Valid Contact: erichweingand@sbcglobal.net
Phone # : +234-81-3783-2962


Our terms and condition for this service is for us to get the bank draft and ATM cards to the rightful owner as we are not allowed to open them as they are sealed and we need honest people that knows they have not yet received theirfunds either in Bank Draft or ATM Cards, So we are expecting to hear from you, As we now need Information about you.

Best Regards.
God bless you and your family.
Mr. Ade Eric Jones

PAYMENT VIA REGULAR MAIL SERVICE (G.P.S). CONTACT ( erichweingand@sbcglobal.net ).

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