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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:26:19 +0100 (BST)

Attention Please,  
 This is to notify all of  our customers concerning all the payment of ATM card that are left in custody of the dhl delivery,  I am sorry to  say that your Package is right in the USA, Washington DC. And the custom office there at the Washington Dulles International Airport demand the sender to call them and i have already call them and they requested that the receive have to provide a documents called custom allowance from benin republic and this will cost you the sum of $44 and you have to contact the custom officier through phone AGENT NAME: Paul George. Tele:  +1 206-426-6305 .  Fax: +1 206-426-6017, and this man has made today as the fianl delivery date, because he said that  as soon as send the money this morning, he will get to your home address this morning for the delivery. So you are advice to send the fee with the below information via western union only with the below information:
Senders Name:----
Recivers name:----Jona U. Simple
Country:--- Benin Republic
City:-- Cotonou
Question:----What for?
As soon as you send the money today, please you have to call me or you email me the MTCN, so that i can rush to our custom government office to get the custom allowance.and also the custom has also promise that as soon as they receive the document today, they must release it. so you have to let me know your readiness in sending this money today.
Note: your Package is right at the Washington Dulles International Airport custom office. without you dont clear your package this morning and today, looseing your Atm card is at risk. again you have to understand that as soon as you send this money, you are not going to send any more money again till your Atm card get to your destination address. Please note that today is the final day. so try all you can to send this fee today so that you can receive your package this Afternoon 3pm, 28th, July, 2012.. so right now call Paul George. Tele:  +1 206-426-6305 .  Fax: +1 206-426-6017 right now he will deliver it to you today because he will be leaving Usa by Wednesday Everning been 28th, July, 2012.
Waiting to hear from you soon.
Mr. Peter Williams.
Tele:  (+229) 93126095
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