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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: "Mrs. Sandra love" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 06:29:02 +1000
Subject: Contact The Agent Immediately!!!

Dear Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your (($2.5 Million) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars through Western Union and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options,we the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) have ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a MASTER CARD where your payment will be uploaded.

Today, we got the notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this MASTER CARD and also have registered it with Fedex Courier And Delivery Company. For your information, The delivery charges have been paid and they are supposed to have shipped your packaged (ATM CARD) but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate Delivery.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Due to the content of the package, Fedex courier mandated that before your package will be shipped, a Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Shipping Creed on all packages leaving Africa .The essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount of the Stamp Duty Fee is us$69. When this is done, Fedex Courier will issue you with the tracking numbers for your package before the shipping commences .

Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address. Do not forget that this $69 is all that you should send to them, the rest of the fees have been paid. Finally, for security reasons, and considering the huge amount the ATM Card contains, the package was coded thus,

Registraion Ref: fedex/atm/100.

This is the code number that you will send to the courier company while contacting them, and the courier company is not aware what the content of the package is. We told them that it contained some very vital official documents being sent to an offshore staff. Do not reveal the content of the package to the courier company or any body for security purposes. The information of the courier company is here-by given below,

1. Your full name:
2. Your physical address
3. Your house phone:
4. Your cell phone:

Agent: Tony James.
Phone: +2348139670407
Please hurry now as your package might incur demurrage if it stays more than 3 days with Fedex-Express

Best Regards,
Mrs,Sandra love

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