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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:

Date: Sun, 08 May 2011 20:18:56 +0400
Subject: The Agent has arrived in ORLANDO FLORIDA with package Code FdEx57-BC59-652101.

Dear Sir,

This is in response to file passed to us from the highest authorities.
Thank you for your email and the informations you send to us, We received
an emails from a man called, By name Dr. Robert Dowling he said that he is
your friend, Please here come a big question how do he know about this Atm
card on your name? he called us yesterday with his phone number claimed
that you are dead , he said that we should devert your ATM CARD to his home
address. Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as the Agent Deparker
has no time to waste due to his flight ticket and he have only today to
stay before he can go back by tomorrow morning. Please note that we receive
call from the agent this morning and he said that the custom has holdup
your package there in USA, and the requested for yellow tag and clearance
documents and they said that the document is needed today and i have called
many offices and they said that the cost of the documents is $37(US$) and
you have to send it today before it will be too late. We will courier all
the enter document that cover this transfer together with the ATM. we have
a meetting today that you have to send us the fee of $37(US$) to get you a
certificate of clearance to prove to Dr. Robert Dowling that you are still

He said that we should send it to him because he is the next of kin
to you, convince me that you are still alive, because the man said that he
will be in our office by tomorrow morning to to sign the document to prove
that you are death and he will provide your International pass-port to us
. Please convince me now so that i will not devert your Atm card to him. he
said that you died yesterday night. and they are here to claim your Atm
card. he said that she is willing to pay any money to make sure that the
Atm card is send to his destination address. please let me know if this is
true or not as am confused now and if we do not see your response as soon
as possible then we will know is true and enrooted you're Atm card to his
destination address.

You are advice to send the money with the below details, Furthermore
remember the Agent delivering the package does not know the content of that
of the package So act on your party by sending the $37(US$) via western
union or money gram only with the below details:

Senders Name:----
Recivers name:---- Sampson Akushie
Country:--- Benin Republic
City:-- Cotonou

Forward the MTCN, Q and A to this email : ( )
to enable us issue the transfer to your position accordingly. So that the
delivery agent will deliver your atm package to you by today without any
further delay again. Please try all you can to send this fee today and
call the agent today. AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele: +1 206-426-6305.
Fax: +1 206-426-6017.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Thanks and we remain the Financial Bank Customer care promising to serve
you better.
Mr. Williams Peter.
Tele: +22993126095
The Director of Atm payment department financial bank Benin Republic.

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