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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,Fabulous Paul" <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 12:10:19 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your ATM Card

Attn;My Dear,

This is to bring you notice that i have register your ATM CARD to the DHL COURIER SERVICE.And the card's value is $2.8 millions united state dollars,so The delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused.Reasons for their refusal is because they do not know when you are going to contact them because the keeping fee is $69 dollars per a day,and i deposited it yesterday been 16th May 2012 So that is reason why i did not pay for keeping fee and that is only you are going to pay them,so i want you to contact urgent to avoid increase of their keeping fee.

Dhl Director General Mr.Eric John..Call me on +229-6631-3372.

Here is the informations to send the remaning $69.00 through western union below:
Sender's name:.......................
Receiver's name: Obuka Emmanuel
Country.: benin republic
Question.: trust
Answer.: yes

This are the information needed for easy delivery of your CARD.1.YOUR FULL NAME_____,2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS______,3.YOUR  PHONE AND CELL NUMBER____,4.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE____,5.YOUR AGE/SEX______,6.YOUR COUNTRY_____So as soon as you recieved your card do let me know ok,

Best Regard
Mr,Fabulous Paul.

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