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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: Dhl Courier Company <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:57:36 +0200

Good Day

I am glad to send you this email to notify you concerning your ATM CARD wOrth
$6,000,000,000 (USA DOLLARS)
which is in our custody for the past few months.

We want you to understand that the delivery fees is being paid by the
authorities and what you need to do now is to contact us immediately so
that the delivery will commence to your doorstep as soon as possible.

Note that you are to pay for the safe keeping security fees of your ATM
CARD which is only $250 Dollars only so that immediately infect will take
place for the delivery of your ATM CARD.Your ATM CARD Worth $12,000,000,000
is here with us in the DHL office in Malaysia so you have nothing to worry
about because this %100 real here in Malaysia there is nothing like scam that
happen only in African that is why your funds have been send to us for

If you know you won't be able to pay for the safe keeping of your ATM CARD
please do not respond back to this email, and your ATM CARD will be
return back to the compensation head office which you will not be able to
get the ATM CARD again.

Please i repeat myself again that if you know that you will not be able to
pay for the safe keeping of your ATM CARD which is just $250 USD please
i beg you not to respond to this email because it will not help.

Do fill this information and get back to us ASAP You received this
Recomfirm your mailing address.

Full Name:.........
Home Address:..........
Personal Phone Number...........

As soon as you are ready to make the payment of the safe keeping of your
ATM CARD {$250 USD} do let us know by sending us your mailing address, and
we are going to send you the information in which you are going to use in
making the payment for the delivery, once your payment have been comfirmed
by our accountant officer, your ATM CARD will be delivered to you as soon
as possible.

Get back to us immediately for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

E-mail:( )

Thanks for your understanding.

Mr Mark Roy
The Manager
Dhl Courier Company

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