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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: "Mrs Kimberly Wilkins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:57:27 -0700

Hello Friend,

Compliment of the day to you and your family. I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Confirmable ATM MASTER CARD of $800,000.00 United States Dollars, but I haven't heard from you since that time. Then, I went and deposited the ATM MASTER CARD with UNION HOME SECURITY COMPANY ,WEST AFRICA.

I will be travelling out of the country for a 6 Months Course and I will not come back till end of August 2010. What you have to do now is to contact the UNION HOME SECURITY COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package 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 ATM MASTER CARD showing that it is not a Drug Money.

The only money you will send to the UNION HOME SECURITY COMPANY to deliver your ATM MASTER CARD direct to your Postal Address in your country is ($50.00USD) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $50.00US Dollars.

I would have paid fo that too but they said "NO" because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.You have to contact the UNION HOME SECURITY COMPANY now and Reconfirm.

This details below.

Full Names............................
Delivery Address ...................
Contact number....................
Contact Person: Mr. Andy Brown
Email Address:

If you have clarify find below information and make the payment via western union or Money Gram to Union Home Security Company.

Receivers Name: MARK FRED
Receivers Address:23401 LAGOS NIGERIA
Text Question: WHO
Text Answer: ME
Amount Sent: $50.00

So send the information you use to make the payment so that your ATM MASTER CARD can be deliver to you immediately.

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal Address and Direct Telephone Number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the Delivery Details to enable you to be a certain your package over there and know when it will get to your address. Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this email to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping Fee of $50.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

Report any other email similar to this to us so that necessary action and measures can be taken. And after you have made the payment you have to send the payment informations to the UNION HOME SECURITY COMPANY immediately so that delivery can take place immediately. Once again season greetings to you.

Mrs Kimberly Wilkins

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