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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: "Jessica Moruna" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <marxpedro@msn.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:50:29 +0100
Subject: LET HIM HELP YOU I KNOW HE CAN HELP

Dear Sir/ Madam,
 
 
 
On behalf of the Minister of Finance and other private sectors here in Nigeria brings out this Regular Mail Service to deliver the Unfinished Transfer of Funds and Gratuity that is in the custody of different firms and companies to the rightful owner in any countries.
 
 
 
  I am  Mis.Jessica Moruna in charge of this operation. The Minister of Finance has ordered the FedEx, DHL, UPS, First Bank, Zenith Bank  and other firms to release the bank draft and ATM cards to the GPS (Regular Mail  Service), So that they can be mailed out to the rightful owners, because there are too many complains coming to our desk from different customers and the {FGN} Federal Government of Nigeria that people  are not getting their Instrument to cash their funds and gratuity, e.g. people are not getting their Bank Draft and ATM  Cards due to the fact that people are not meeting up with the required demands and amount imposed by some of this delivery companies, firms and other sectors and constant require of fees that are too much for people to handle.
 
 
We have series of Bank Drafts and ATM Cards here in our custody and they are sealed and we donít know who and where they belong to we are getting in touch with you to know if you have ever received an email regarding any Bank Draft and ATM Cards please contact us back as we have sent it to the GPS (Regular Mail Service) where it will be sent to you by.
 
REGULAR MAIL WITHOUT YOU PAYING ANY DELIVERY CHARGE OR INSURANCE FEE.
You are to contact the GPS (Regular Mail Service) for your funds immediately.
 
 
Here is the contact email address
Full Names: - Mr.Marx Pedro
Valid Contact: - (marxpedro@msn.com)
 
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NOTE :DUE TO THE GREAT WORK THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO HELP YOU GET YOUR FUNDS,IT IS MANDATORY THAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PAY WHEN YOU
CONTACT THE G.P.S IS $100.00USD FOR ADMINISTRATIVE / ENDORSEMENT CHARGES ONLY AS JOINTLY APPROVED BY UNITED NATION AND WORLD BANK DELEGATES BEFORE THIS REIMBURSEMENT.
=========================================================================================================== ================================================================================================
 
 
I await your urgent response while you fill the form below for a proper and mistake less delivery to you:
 
1.YOUR FULL NAME:.......
2.YOUR FULL ADDRESS:.
3.YOUR REACHABLE PHONE NUMBER:......
4.YOUR OCCUPATION: ........
 
You are to contact the GPS (Regular Mail Service) and ask them where you are to send the $100.00USD DMINISTRATIVE / ENDORSEMENT CHARGES which belongs to the Government. Do get in touch for your delivery at ones.
 
Regards
Mis.Jessica Moruna
jessicamoruna@gmail.com

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