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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: "Rev. Mike Anthony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 01:54:37 +0100
Subject: RE: In appreciation of your earlier assistance ! 123456

Beloved Friend,

How are you today? I hope all is well .Be informed that due to your
delay , the CASHIER'S CHEQUE worth of (US$1.5 Million) was converted
into ATM-Card which you can withdraw in any ATM Cash Point Machine
Worldwide has been programmed by the issuing bank .

Note that the issuing bank has packaged the ATM CARD with the secret
code and registered it with Fast-Way Courier Company also you will be
drawing sum of (US$5,000.00) everyday.Therefore, quickly contact Fast-Way
Company with bellow information .

Dr .Michael Obu
Phone +22996342832
Email addres:

But the only money you have to send to Fast-Way Courier Company is only
(US$110) for their Security Keeping fee according to the director of the
issuing bank for the smooth delivery of your package to your door step
also refresh your full NAME,


to them to avoid wrong delivery.

Yours faithfully
Rev. Mike Anthony

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