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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: "ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT FINANCIAL BANK \(Foreign Operation Dept\)" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:07:30 +0100 (BST)

Attnention Please,  

I’m Mr. Williams Peter, I have been trying to reach you on your telephone about an hour now just to inform you about my successful arrival in John F.Kennedy International Airport with your two boxes of Atm card worth $1.2m one Million two Hundred Thousand Dollars which I have been instructed by FEDEX COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered to you. The Airport authority demanded for all the legal back up papers to prove to them that the fund is no way related with drug nor fraud money, I have presented the papers I handed to them and they are very much pleased with the paper’s I presented but the only thing that is still keeping me here is the airport delivery Tag which is not placed on the ATM CARD, one of the Airport Authority has advise that we get the delivery tag so that I can exit the airport immediately and make my delivery successful. I try to reason with them and they stated the delivery tag will cost us just $40 Dollars only to get the tag
placed on the Atm card as that tag will enable me get to your house successfully without any interference,they scanned the Atm card and found out that the fund is 100 % spend able and accepted by any bank in the whole world.

Please try and reach me with my Call international roaming number +229-91547854 and you can still reach me and AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele: +1 206-426-6305. Fax: +1 206-426-6017. as I can not afford to spend more time here due to other delivery I have to take off to Bangkok. Here are the papers backing the funds together with my ID CARD as I can accompany you to your bank were you will deposit the fund successfully with these papers. I have i more vital paper with me but I can only present you the hard copy when I reach your house as that it’s the diplomatic rules, such as authorization to deliver. Please via my banking id card and get back to me with the payment details.

You can direct the tag fee to our Head Office as they will get it here for you and they are entitled to receive and make any payment to foreign countries authority. Please get back to us via email:

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 $40 (US$) via western union or money gram only with the below details:

Senders Name:----
Recivers name:---- Sampson Akushie
Country:--- Benin Republic
City:-- Cotonou
Text Question.----Who is our savior?
Answer ---The Lord Jesus.

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. 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. Please note that the delivery agent must deliver your card to you by today if you can comply with the requirement by this morning.

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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