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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:37:04 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Tracking Number:/// H8640250193



Dear Customer,
This email is coming to you as a reminder concerning your pending package that has been with us for a long time. As you already know that this package is containing an ATM CARD in your name and in the amount of $2.5 million usd.
This email is to let you know that our delivery team has finally carried out delivery of your package. The package left Cotonou Benin on 02/07/2012 and since on the 02/21/2012, it has been in Louisville, KY, United States awaiting custom clearance.

To track your package, go to and insert the tracking
number below to view delivery status.
Tracking Number: H8640250193

On the tracking page you will see that this package is going to a wrong address. This is because you have refused to give us your cooperation. You are hereby advised to provide us with the below details so we can immediately have it sent out to our deliverymen in Louisville, KY.

Your Name (In Full):
Your Delivery Address:
Your Direct telephone Number:
You’re Nearest Airport:
Your id:

Please note that you are required to provide a redirection fee of $43 when replying this email with the MTCN number which you are to make available to this office via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER or MONEY GRAM in the name of our receiving accounting officer stated below.

Receivers Name: Onyeaka Obiedo
Receivers Address: Benin Rrepublic
Text Question: White
Text Answer: Red

Amount $43 only
upon receiving your correct details and the payment MTCN from you, we will immediately notify the Airport Authorities in USA and the package will be redirected to your correct address immediately. Email me only on this email address: ( This is important and as such your immediate response will do you good.

My Cell Pin:+229-98185492
Mr. Williams Forster
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
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