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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: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:41:28 -0800 (PST)

Attention Please.  

We have receive your email, but there is no time to waist about this.  if this is not turth because this lady Mrs. Ruthy W. Granger has just arrive to benin republic this morning and we have put her to Jail, this is her picture attachment, and right now you have to send us the requested fee to send you your Atm card through  (UPS). And this company dont need delivery charges, only what they need is  vat/ yellow tag fee and clearance document, which will cost you only $38 only, and if you dont send the fee by today, you may loose your Atm card and we will change the name on the Atm card and past the lady Name to Mrs. Ruthy W. Granger. Please get back o us with the requested fee today so that we can finishup every things by today without any further delay again. Please if you dont respond today with the payment details and your full details, we will release her today and know that what she is saying is right. try to go through the picture and get back
to me now so that we can finishup every things without any further delay today. More informations, please note that this fee will be the last fee that you have to send and it will take care of every things. Please comply now by sending us the requirement this morning so that we can finalize every things by today without any further delay again. Tracking Number: 1ZA67T571304485982
Thus, you are advised to contact the UPS Courier Dispatch Head in Benin Republic with the information below; to enable them re-schedule the delivery of your ATM Card to your home address and also ensure that you keep the new Tracking Information very discreet to avoid any further obstruction:

Dr. (Mr.) Williams Peter
Chief Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit/ Atm Payment Department Director.

As soon as you establish a contact with him, ensure that you provide your present address as below to the contact in other for the Officer to effect the
change and Re-direct the parcel to your home address.
We expect your urgent attention to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively. Inline with the mode of operation of the United Postal Service (UPS), you shall be required to pay the sum of $38(Only) You would make the payment of $38 within 1hr time through western union  money transfer or money gram  with the below details.
Receiver Name:_________Jona Uzoma Simple
Country:________Benin Republic
City Code:_______00229
Test Question:______Who is our savior?
Answer:________The Lord Jesus
MTCN Number:_________

please confirm your alternative mailing address/ Direct telephone number/Attachement of your Id card or International passport for the  dispatching also you are  subject to pay the  vat/ yellow tag fee and clearance document.  You need to Act very fast to avoid you loosing this Atm card with the value  amount on it.  To enable the (UPS) dispatch it as we do not entertain any more delay. you are advice to send the money today so that they can deliver your Atm card as soon as possible by first thing today or tomorrow morning. make sure that you call us or you email us today for confirmation. Please note that as soon as you send the requested fee today, you have to email us with the MTCN/Payment slip.
Waiting to hear from you soon.
Thank you!,
Yours ,
Mr. Peter Williams
Director Fund Recovery Atm Payment Department
Ecowas Subregion Benin Rep

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