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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: "Dominique Strauss-Khan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 23:02:03 +0100
Subject: MESSAGE FROM.......Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday:
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:

Re: Beneficiary,

We have been waiting for you to contact me for your ATM CARD worth
$1,650,000.00 (One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United
States Dollars), being compensation fund for 150 scam victims, but I
did not hear from you all this while.And one Mrs Maria Dean claims
she is your representativethat we send the money to her.
Please i want to verify from you then.

I have deposited the ATM CARD with COURIER SERVICE, West Africa,
Due to the meeting held behind closed doors between my humble self and
the Director Federal Bureau of Investigation,United Nations Representative in West
Africa and the Nigerian Government so that all victims of scam will be compensated by
the Nigerian Governmentas a means to sanitize the mayhem caused to individuals like
you by it citizens.What you have to do now is to contact the COURIER SERVICE immediately
to know when they will deliver your ATM CARD to you because of the expiring date.

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance
premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the package showing that
it is not Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your
Country. The only money you will send to the COURIER SERVICE to
deliver your ATM CARD direct to your postal Address in your country
is US$125USD only being for YELLOW TAG of your package to the Courier Company
And,again don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except

I would have paid that but they refused, because they don't know when
you will contact them and in case of due murrage. You have to contact
the COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your ATM CARD with this
information below:

For Managements
United Percel Service Agent

Mr Charles Moss


Reconfirm the below information to the agent:

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Occupation
5. Country:
6. Identification:
7. Date of Birth:

Request for the tracking number of the ATM CARD to enable you track
and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them immediately you receive this
mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay the YELLOW TAG
of US$125USD for their immediate action. You should also
let me know through email as soon as you receive your ATM CARD.

Yours Faithfully,
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Managing Director


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