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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: "Mrs. Janet Napolitano." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 15:04:36 -0500
Subject: We have perfected everything fee required eccept $86 only?

Desk of Mrs. Janet Napolitano
Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security Washington D.C.

Attention Beneficiary,


Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from
overseas which includes those of Lottery, Contract and Inheritance.

Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have also noticed that over the past you have been transacting with some imposters and fraudsters.

We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance of Nigeria that your payment totaling $200,000 will be released to you via a custom pin based Credit card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $8,000 a day which is powered by Master Credit Card and can be used anywhere
in the world for for withdraw or transaction.

We have perfected everything in regards to the release of your $500,000 United States Dollars to be 100% risk free and free
from any hitches as it's our duty to protect citizens of globally

To redeem your fund you are hereby advised to abide to the instruction below to enable the shipment of the Premium Master Credit Card and it back up
document and the charge fee required to pay the shipping and security insurance fee is $86 only nothing more and no hidden fees as everything else
has been taken cared of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $86 only.

Use the details below to send the required charge fee $86 to FedEx
International Manager Isa-Bright via Western Union Transfer.

Receiver's Name: Isa-Bright
Receiver's Address: 2, Ibrahim Raji Street, Ketu, Lagos - Nigeria
Text Question: In God
Text Answer: We Trust
MTCN: .....................



Thanks and hope to read from you soon with the payment confirmation details to enable the delivery.

Mrs. Janet Napolitano.
Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security
Address: 245 Murray Ln Sw # 14, Washington D.C.
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