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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: "LINDA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:05:59 -0700

Attention; This is to bring you notice that i have register your fund with the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY.The FUND value is $1.5 millions united state dollars,The delivery fee has not been paid because they refused to accept it but i paid their official keeping fee, Reasons for their refusal is because they do not know when you are going to contact them,So that is reason why i did not pay for delivery fee.I deposited it on 28th May,2012 for immediate delivery ,so i want you to contact them urgently to avoid losing the cash.Forward your info to MR PATRICK EWING. Note: The reason for the arrangemnet by the British High Commission is because the delivery cost of your Atm Card is less expensive in Nigeria that is why they are refer to contact the Fedex Company AS IT WILL ONLY COST YOU $100 Dollars for the delivery. EMAIL:( CONTACT PERSON;MRS PATRICK EWING Phone; +234-98-95-16-85 This are the information needed for easy delivery of your ATM Master Card. 1.YOUR FULL NAME_____ 2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS______ 3.YOUR PHONE AND CELL NUMBER____ 4.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE____ 5.YOUR COUNTRY_____ So as soon as you received your Fund do let me know OK, Best Regard Linda Anthony .

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