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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. Inner Shaw" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 06:43:50 -0400
Subject: The ATM Card

This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the delivery fee of your
ATM, I paid it because the ATM Card ($1.8m),has few weeks to expire and when
it does the money will go into Government purse. With that I decided to help
you pay the money so that the ATM will not expire, because I know when you get
your ATM definitely you must send my money back.

Now I want you to contact The TNT Company in Benin so that they will deliver
the ATM Card to your address with no delay. As i said earlier, the delivery
charges has been paid. Note I deposited it with the company last week. Below
is the Company Contact Information

Contact Person: Mrs. Rose M. Amar
Contact Number: +229 99 233 315.

This is what they will required from you.

Your Full Name......
Your Telephone ......
Your Address....

Contact them now to avoid increase of their keeping fees.

Mr. Inner Shaw

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