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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: mrdon sagay <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:22:00 -0700
Subject: Welcome to 2012 Urgent Reply of Good News

notice that, I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM
Card. I paid it because the ATM Card 8119 $2.5m, has less three days to
expire and when it expires, the money will go into Government purse.With
that I decided to help you pay the money so that,the ATM Card will not
expire, because I know when you get your ATM Card definitely you must pay
me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now i want you to contact UPS COURIER SERVICE with your Full Contact
informations so that they can deliver your Card to your designated address
without any delay.Like i stated earlier, The delivery charges has been paid
but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused.They
refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to
contact them and dumurrage might have increase.

They told me that their keeping fees is $35 per day and i deposited it on
Monday This week. Below is their Contact Informations, Contact Person: Mr
Michael Denis UPS Delivery Service

Email: (
TO Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know
once you receive your Card.

Best Regards.
Mr.John Eze *

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