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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:

Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:37:36 -0300

FROM: Mr.Alex Turner.

Goodday Friend,

My name is Mr. Alex Turner, On behalf of a friend of yours, I want to inform you that I have deposited an ATM VISA CARD
of £388,200.00 GBP {Great Britain Pounds} which equivalents to $658,200 USD to the TNT Delivery services here in
UNITED KINGDOM, due to fact that I have waited enough to hear from you so that your funds will be transferred through
{STANDARD ALLIED BANK } 26 High Street Starbeck Harrogate North Yorkshire, England HG2 7HY. But because of the late
response, I now decide to deposit the ATM VISA CARD with the TNT DELIVERY SERVICES with your previous information as
you listed it . I have paid the TNT Delivery their delivery charges & Insurance coverage fee, the only fee to be paid,
Is their security safe keeping fee of £83 GBP {Great Britain Pounds} which is equivalent to {$145.23 USD} United State
dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of

I will be traveling to to see my boss and will not come back till next four months, therefore I will advise you to
contact the TNT SHIPMENT officer with his contact information as listed below, to avoid increase of their security safe
keeping fee.

Note that I packaged the ATM VISA CARD Inside a Magazine where nobody will notice the content, I also told the shipment
officer Mr. Paul Schools, that it is an ordinary Magazine I want to deliver to my friend overseas, to avoid further
delay unless you delay to send their security safe keeping fee.

Attention: Mr. Paul Schools, Shipment Officer Of TNT Parcel delivery services.
Tel: +44-702 409 4558
Shipment Code: TNT-DELIVERY/87100-115476
Parcel Number: 007-676449023

Also below is the information they need to deliver the ATM VISA CARD in form of a Magazine to your home address, this
is to avoid wrong delivery as I already gave them your delivery address but you have to re-confirm it to them..

{1}Full name................
{2}Home address............
{3} Country.................
{4} Telephone...............

Please make sure the information is complete as they promised that once they receive their security safe keeping fee
within 2 to 3 working days the magazine will arrived your door step according to the shipment officer.

Your ATM MASTER CARD withdrawing access pin code number is (0476) take note, once you receive the card you take it to
any cash point around your area, slot it in and enter the pin code for withdrawal, the amount you are to withdraw per
day is £340.20 GBP {$800 USD}. (Eight Hundred United State dollars) per day. Also ask them on how you are to make the
payment for the security fee to them so they can effect Immediate delivery of your parcel.

Alex Turner

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