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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. Van Hugo <>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:44:50 +0600
Subject: Contact UPS Now For Your ATM Card!

Dear Friend,

I want to thank you for helping me out with my transaction which went successfully through the help of another partner and I am now investing my own share of the fund. I was meant to understand that you have not received your compensation as of yet due to some certain circumstances.

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your compensation payment of US$2,500,000.00 and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, I have concluded an arrangement with the Board of Directors of Bank Of Africa (BOA) to issue you an ATM CARD where your payment will be uploaded and mailed to you through courier service.

I was just notified by the board of directors of BOA that your compensation Payment has now been uploaded into this CORPORATE VISA CARD and also registered with UPS courier for delivery to you. For your information, The delivery charges has been paid and your package is supposed to have been shipped to you but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate delivery.

MOST IMPORTANT: Due to the content of the package, UPS mandated that before your package will be shipped, Customs Duty Tag must be procured according to the New Customs working policy, the essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount for this Customs Duty Tag is only US$255.99.

Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address (i.e 1. Full Names, 2. Delivery Address and 3. Telephone Number) to UPS courier in the name of:

Mark Trevor
UPS Benin
BP485, 3 Rue du Gouverneur Fourn
Tel: +229 9923 8528

Contact UPS immediately and re-confirm your current delivery address and phone numbers as requested to enable them deliver the package to you once you have sent them the fee for the Customs Duty Tag.

Mr. Van Hugo

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