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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 Justice Charles <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:23:22 +0100
Subject: Good Day

Good Day

I am glad to send you this email to notify you concerning your ATM CARD worth $1.5m which
Has been in our custody for the past few months.

We want you to understand that the delivery fee is being paid by the
Authorities and what you need to do now is to contact us immediately so that
The delivery will commence to your doorstep as soon as possible.

Note that you are to pay for the safe keeping security fees of your ATM CARD
Which is only $250 Dollars only so that your ATM CARD will be delivered to you?
At your doorstep immediately.

If you know you will not be able to pay for the safe keeping of your ATM CARD
Please do not respond back to this email, and your ATM CARD will be returned
Back to the compensation head office which you will not be able to get the ATM
CARD again.

Please i repeat myself again that if you know that you will not be able to pay
For the safe keeping of your ATM CARD which is $250 USD please i beg you not
To respond to this email because it will not help you.

Do fill this information and get back to us as soon as you received this message.
Reconfirm your mailing address.

Full Name:.........
Mailing Address:..........
Personal Phone Number...........


As soon as you are ready to make the payment of the safe keeping of your ATM
CARD {$250} do let us know by sending us your mailing address, and we are
Going to send you the information in which you are going to use in making the
Payment for the delivery, once your payment have been confirmed by our
Accountant officer, your ATM CARD will be delivered to you as soon as possible.

Get back to the agent below immediately for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

E-mail :(
Name: Bar. Lord Ruben
Phone: +919769266059
Country: India


Thanks for your understanding.

Mr. Justice Charles
The Manager
Dhl Courier Company

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