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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: "Barrister Promise Ibe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 20:27:18 +0100
Subject: Contact Officer: Mr. Ade Davis

Dear Friend ,

I have packaged and deposited your ATM MASTERCARD worth 800,000.00 USD with FedEx Delivery Services to deliver it to you.Please contact Ade Davis with the below information:

Find FedEx Contact Information Below:
Contact Officer: Mr. Ade Davis
Tel: +234 708 762 2208

Shipment Code: CPEL/OWN/9856
Parcel Number: EG2272-NG

Kindly Re-confirm the Dispatch Information for the Delivery by providing the Information stated Below:

Full Name;........ Home Address;........ Country;...... Telephone:........ Shipment Code;.........

Once again,Insurance and delivery charges have been paid for, but the only fee remaining is the security safe keeping fee of 120USD which you will be required to pay. Also note that Fedex Services do not know the content of the parcel,I registered it as an African magazine,they do not know it contains ATM MASTERCARD inside. The ATM MASTERCARD has pin number 8346.

Best Regards

Barrister Promise Ibe Bin

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