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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: "United Parcel Service(UPS)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 18:09:16 -0500
Subject: Attention,Attention,Attention

From : Mr.Holgan Jones
Dispatch Manager
United Parcel Service(UPS)

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


This is the United Parcel Service (UPS)mailing you
in respect of your ATM INTER SWITCH CARD that Mrs.
Monica Stewart brought to this company to be delivered to
you and before protocol commence we had a disput with the
(NICON)Insuarnce office about your insurance certificate but
all has been settled.

We are happy to inform you that your ATM INTER SWITCH
CARD that contains US$1,600,000,00 dollars' is among the 24
parcel's listed which is now in our office and also with your
name as the receiver despite that we lost your residential
address and we request that you re-send it to this office for
safe delivery of your card Without hesitation we advise
you to pay the delivery fee of US$80.00 via Money Gram
to our cashier 2 below payment information for immediate
despatch of your parcel to your residentail address within 2days.
As the sender did not pay the US$80.00

Send the Delivery Fee US$80.00 through Western Union or MoneyGram via this Payment
Information below

TEXT ANSWER---------------.BATCH 1
AMOUNT TO BE PAID---------US$80.00

Send the payment information,the 10 DIGIT MTCN NO OR 8 Digit REFERENCE numbers

Yours In Service

Mr.Holgan Jones
Dispatch Manager

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