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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: "Rev. Denilson Pope" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:24:10 -0700
Subject: Contact Dhl courier service for your ATM CARD.

I am directed to inform you that your payment verification and confirmations are correct and legit,it is my pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Number:75428050011004432 have been approved in your favor, your default Personal Identification Number is 2090. The ATM Card Value is $950,000.00(USD).

You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of $5,000.00(USD) is permitted on withdrawal per day and are duly Inter Switch so you can make withdrawal in any location and ATM Center of your choice. We have concluded delivery arrangement with a Courier company. Please note that the Dhl courier service is fully insured by Nicon Insurance Corporation.

Kindly provide the details below for delivery.

1. Valid Delivery Address.
2. Full Names.
3. Phone Number.
4. Age and occupation

Confirm that you will take responsibility for the cost of delivery $98(USD), which has to be made available before the shipment can commence. Please be informed that the delivery will be made to your address in 24 hours (a days) after our confirmation of this payment for delivery, as you know that the delivery fee receipt/insurance document will be also attached on your payment delivery documents to avoid your package being delayed by customs. Treat urgently and note that your ATM
Card is ready and available for Dispatch to you.

Rev.Denilson Pope
Tel +229 986-849-91
Head Of International Remittance Department For
UNDP|United Nations Development Program

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