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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: "MS Joann Real." <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:43:37 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: good news

Hello My Dear. I have registered your parcel to the AIR AND SEA SHIPPING COMPANY And the Parcel’s value is $2.5M united state dollars, ATM CARD, so I have pay for Delivering and insurance charges. I paid it because your parcel has only 4 days to expire so the only money You will pay them is security keeping fee which they stated that i will not pay for it because the keeping fee is $50 dollars per a day, And I deposited it yesterday  been 11th march 2012.And I did not contact you Yesterday due to low connection,so that is why i did not pay for keeping Fee, so I want you to contact them urgent to avoid increase of theirKeeping fees. CONTACT.REV. PJ SEXTON,EMAIL ( +234-7033342836 This are the information needed for easy delivery of your parcel1. YOUR FULL NAME_____ 2. YOUR HOME ADDRESS______3. YOUR PHONE ____4. YOUR COUNTRY_____5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR ID.So as soon as you received your parcel do let me know
OK, Best RegardMs Joann Real

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