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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: "Dr.Morris Den" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:17:08 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Beneficiary   
This is to inform you that your fund through our Global intelligence monitoring network after our due verification and consideration on your unclaimed fund has been approved for payment to you. the hold on your fund has been removed and successfully credited into ATM CARD which is ready to be delivery to you immediately.

Now, contact Mr.Saldana James  and ask him to send to you the ATM CARD that valued at USD$3.600,000,00 .Contact him immediately on his E-mail: ( Telephone Number +229 993 56 637 and send to him your below information to enable him deliver your ATM CARD to you.

1.YOUR FULL NAME:__________________     
2.YOUR ADDRESS:___________________  
3.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_______________________
5 AGE__________________

Best Regards,
Dr.Morris Den

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