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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: "UNECA AFRICA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:54:01 -0800

Important Notice,

It's the begining of the first quater of the year and so we are using this medium so release your valuable funds
to you since the year has just begun the Finance Government Nigeria wants to release all pending winnings and
transactions through the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to all winners and beneficiaries.

So right now I want to inform you that the delivery of your ATM CARD valued for $4,500,000.00 can still commence
to your location since your ATM CARD valued ($4,500,000.00) still has up to a month before it reaches its expiring
date which should be enough time for you to cash out your funds before then after you must have received it in your
location by our registerd courier company UPS.

For safety, your ATM CARD has been in a safe vault security company so you are advised to make settlement of the
security keeping fee of $180usd immediately to cover for your security keeping charge and demurrage to enable the
security company release your ATM CARD for UPS to commence delivery to your location.

At this point I will advise that you get back to me immediately with your delivery details for reconfirmation before I send
back to you instructions on how to send over the $180usd so delivery can take effect immediately.

DELIVERY ADDRESS (State, City, Zip code, Nearest Airport):
PHONE NUMBER (Work/Home/Cell):

After the fees is confirmed and the above delivery details from you and the Money ($180usd) has been sent across, delivery
will commence and I will advise that you should get back to me immediately so that you can conclude with this while you still
have time to cash out your funds from your ATM CARD ($4,500,000.00) as soon as it gets to you.

Contact web address:
Phone: +234 806 654 9758
Await your urgent response.
frank mark

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