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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. Anthony Peters" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:11:45 -0800 (PST)

Hello My Dear,

 Greetings to you and your family,I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing together,finally worked out by God's infinite mercy through Mr owen Fredrick in United Kindom,It takes faith,courage and God's fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things, not worked out as we projected then.

Now i decided to contact you once again to show appreciation,and to let you know that I have registered a programmed ATM CARD worth $1.2 US Dollars in your name for your compensation and your past effort's and the necessary arrangement of delivering the ATM CARD has been made with SKYLINE COURIER/SECURITY COMPANY Benin Republic.

For your information,I have paid for the delivering Charges,The only money you will pay to the Delivery Company to deliver your ATM CARD direct to your home Address as you may provid in your country is ($98) being their Security Keeping Fee.Please write a letter of application to the given address below.

Contact Person:
Dr.Obi Ginter
Phone +229-9673-2542
Registration Reference No of the ATM CARD FDXB/xxx/100
Code Number:xxxKP/229B

Yours Faithfully,

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