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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: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 12:11:16 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I am presently at the Kansas City International Airport & ATM & Package.

Dear Sir,   

     Thank you for your email and we receive the informations you send to us, we which to inform you that your Atm card was sent to your destination address, and right now i just receive a call from Usa,  Kansas City,  and they said that they are from custom office, they are the one holding your Atm package, the said that you dont have custom clearance document, and i ask them the cost of the document and they said that the cost is $40 (US$) and i ask them that as soon as you send this fee to us  and we will confirm it to them there in florida will the Atm card package release to you in the next 3hours and the accepted to release it to you by today without any further delay again. Send the money via western union or Money gram with the name of the custom directors informations.
Senders Name:----
Recivers name:----Sampson Akushie
Country:--- Benin Republic
City:-- Cotonou
Question:----who is our savior?
Answer:--The Lord Jesus
Amount:--$40 (US$)
Send the money via western union money transfer or money gram and forward the payment informations to us for easier pick up.  You have to call the delivery agent to confirm that your package is there. AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele: +1 206-426-6305.  Fax: +1 206-426-6017. So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm us the Follow:
(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(4)Fax Number================
(7)Nearest Airport ==============as he is at Kansas City International Airport right now because of the Searching and Scanning of the Package which made him to misplace your address
(8)A Copy of Your I D For Identification.

Please note that the custom office there in Kansas City said that you have only today to send the fee so you have to try all you can to see that you do that today and call me or i will call you for the MTCN. and please reconfirm us your home address so that there will be no erro again.
I will be waiting for your reply.
Best regards,
Mr. Williams Peter & Wilfred Prosper.
I am presently at the Kansas City International Airport

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