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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: Fri, 13 May 2011 14:55:56 +0400

Atten ,

We received an emails from a lady called, What is still the delay, You
don't want to respond to me, to know if you are alive or you are dead. What
is the matter with you? I have tried to reach you by telephone, no respond.
what is the problem now, please respond so that we can finalize this
without any delay. Please let me know if you are ready to receive your Am
card or you don't want to receive it any longer.

I want you to know that Gloria Pfeifer, she called us yesterday with this
number tell: +09264708533 claimed that you are dead again , she said that
we should send her you're A.T.M card to her home address: 490 FRESNO
PARLIER. City, PARLIER , because she is the next of kin to you, Convince
me that you are still alive, because the lady said that she will be in our
office this morning, to claim your Atm card and she will provide your
International pass-port to us . Please convince me now. She said that you
died last friday. and they are here to claim your Atm card. they said that
they knew you was going to pay $37 to get the A.T.M card because you told
them something like that before you die.

I should let her know the information that she will use for the payment of
$37, 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 A.T.M card to her address. So you are advice to send us
the money and the Attachement of your International pass-port to confirm
that you are still alive not dead. or you give me a call to hear your
voice. 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 $39
(US$) via western union or money gram only with the below details:

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

Send the money via western union money transfer or money gram, and
forward the payment informations to us for easier pick up. Because of you
don't respond to us again that is the reason why we belived that you are
dead. 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.

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