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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. Steven Smith" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:10:48 +0800
Subject: Urgent Response Needed!!!


It is obvious that you have not received your fund due to
lack of payment for the bank,cost of transfer or the
documents, and also due to past corrupt Nigeria Governmental
Officials and with the foreign Banks, who
almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason
and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund
all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so
many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the
receipt of your fund.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the
United Nations have successfully passed a mandate to the
current president of Nigeria his Excellency President
Good luck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing
all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and
organizations who have been found not to have receive heir
Contract Sum,Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.Now
your payment will be send to you by ATM CARD
that will be coming alongside a custom pin which you will
use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day from any ATM machine
that has the Master Card Logo on it.

Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your
funds to your bank account. The ATM card comes with a
handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it.
Your ATM CARD payment would be sent to
you via UPS or FedEx.

Because we have signed a contract with them which
should expired in one Month time.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from
UPS and Fedexwebsite to confirm people like you who have
received their payment successfully.

Name:J2261466148 John krasnow (
Name:J2261466111 Roberts LaTanya (
Name : Christine Fuller:UPS Tracking Number: J2261466139
Name : Mary Brodhead: UPS Tracking
To effect the release of your Compensation fund valued at
$1.5million through ATM CARD,you are advised to contact the
director of payment and delivery officer.

Name: Mr.Steven smith
TELEPHONE: NUMBER: +234-807-949-0601

On contacting him do provide him with the following

1. Full name :
2. Address:
3. Country:
4. Sex:
5. Date of Birth;
5: State:
6. Zip/Postal code:
7: Phone Number:
8: Ocupation:

And also state how much is your funds.

As soon as we receive your Details, we are going to issue
the ATM CARD on your name and also a copy will be sent to
you, before delivery of the ATM CARD.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Ellen Adebayo
Nigerian Payment Representative Officer.
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol with United nation
and F.B.I

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