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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: "Mr. James R. Anthony" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 02:55:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ATTN: Payment Notification

ATTN: Payment Notification! This is to bring your notice that I have paid the courier charges and the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD, I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD worth $2.500,000.00 Us Dollars has less three weeks and four days to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve So that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM MASTER CARD will not expire, because I know when you get your ATM MASTER CARD definitely you must compensate me.

Now your ATM MASTER CARD has been deposited with Diplomatic Courier Company for delivery so i want you to contact Diplomatic Company with your Full Contact information so that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your designated address without any delay Like i stated earlier, The delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. The Reasons why they refuse is because they do not know when you are going to contact them. They told me that their keeping fee is $28.00 per day and i deposited it since Monday this Week.

Below is their Contact In formations,

Contact Person: Mr. Chris Ubah
Phone Number; +229-9846-5813
Email :(

Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD, The addition fees was calculated $56.00 today, and note that fail to do so today another $28.00 will be adding by tomorrow and bear it in mind that the addition $28.00 must be continuously adding every blessed day.

Here is the information you can use send the $56.00 today and remember that it will be $84.00 by tomorrow okay.

Here is the information where to send the fee today.

Receiver...Name: Nkechikwulu Rapheal

Country.... Benin-Republic


Text Question...When ?




Sender's Name.........

Waiting to hear from you as soon as you received this mail,

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. James R. Anthony

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