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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 Maxwell Brooks" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 14:36:09 -0300
Subject: Dear Customer From United Parcel Service Online Management

Dear Customer,

This email is coming to you as a reminder concerning your pending package
that has been with us for a long time. As you already know that this
package is containing an International ATM CARD in your name and in the
amount of $2.5 million usd.

This email is to let you know that our delivery team has finally carried
out delivery of your package. The package left Lagos Nigeria on 04/07/2012
and since on the 04/21/2012, it has been in Louisville, KY, United States
awaiting custom clearance

To track your package, go to and insert the tracking number
below to view delivery status.
Tracking Number: H8640250193

On the tracking page you will see that this package is going to a wrong
address. This is because you have refused to give us your cooperation. You
are hereby advised to provide us with the below details so we can
immediately have it sent out to our deliverymen in Louisville, KY.

Your Name(In Full):
Your Delivery Address:
Your Direct telephone Number:

Please note that you are required to provide a redirection fee of $70
which you are to make available to this office via WESTERN UNION MONEY
TRANSFER in the name of our accounting officer stated below.

Receivers Name: Judith Udegbunam
Receivers Address: Lagos-Nigeria
Text Question: White
Text Answer: Red
MTCN: ??????????

upon receiving your correct details and the payment MTCN from you, we will
immediately notify the Airport Authorities in USA and the package will be
redirected to your correct address immediately.

Give me a call on 2347056263998 or email: (
This is important and as such your immediate response will do you Good.

Mr.Maxwell Brooks
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