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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: "Dr.Mike Hills" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 02:30:02 +0100
Subject: Your payment through ATM CARD 158

Dear Friend

This is to bring to your notice that I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM Card. I paid it because the ATM Card worth of $1.8m has less than Seven days to expire and when it expires, the money will go into Federal Government treasury account.

With that I decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM Card will not expire, because I trust that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact Global Courier Company Benin with your physical address you prefer the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any delay.

Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the demurrage might have increased. They told me that their keeping fees are $27 per day and I deposited it on Saturday 12 DECEMBER 2009.

Below is the Contact Information of the Global Courier Company Benin,

Contact Person: Ms. Beverly Hanson.
Global Courier Company Benin Email Address: (
Tel: +22996342832

Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr.Mike Hills.

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