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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:

Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 09:43:26 -0400
Subject: Receive your money in atm card from FedEx New york.

FedEx New York
ADDRESS > FedEx Kinko's 105 Duane St New York, NY

Delivery ATM payment department inheritance fund.
Reply Email :

Phone: + 1- 718-577-2504  phone: +1-716-777-3644.

Dear client/customer

I am Robert  Carbuccia
FedEx New York
Phone: + 1- 718-577-2504

Please kindly once again provide to us your full delivery address to enable us make the delivery of your ATM CARD that was sent to be delivered to you  by  zenith  Bank  London. this  is  the  zenith  Bank  phone:
+ 44- 770-007-7331.  or   phone: +44-7035959142.  This  is  zenith  bank  phone  who  send  your  atm  card.  contact  person :  Davis  Williams.

We apologize for the delay of the FUND transfer and will make it a success delivery this time hence you give to us your full name and address including your  number to avoid delivery mistake.

Full name:------------------------------------------

country: ----------------------------------------



persona; Identity-----------------------------------------------------

your nearest airport in  your  area.--------------------------------

with this useful information we can be sure that when your package arrives we deliver without further problems.

I AM DR Robert  carbuccia.
FedEx office new york.
Phone: + 1- 718-577-2504

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