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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: "Mr. Inner Shaw." <>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:20:40 +0000 (GMT)

Payment Notification:
This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the delivery fee of your ATM, I paid it because the ATM Card ($2.8m),has less Seven 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 will not expire, the only money they will require from you is their keeping fees because they refuse to collect the keeping fees until you contact.
I know when you get your ATM definitely you must send my money back. Now I want you to contact The DHL Company in Benin so that they will deliver your Card to your address without any delay. Like i stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid expect their keeping fee. Note I deposited it with the DHL company yesterday.
Below Is the Company Contact Information.
Company Name: DHL Company
Contact Person: Dr. Eric Young.
E-Mail:( )
Contact Number: +229- 987 500 96.
This is what they will required from you.
Your Full Name......
Your Private Telephone ......
Your Address where the ATM
will be deliver to ....
Your Occupation......
Your Age/Sex.....
Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees.
Mr. Inner Shaw
Payment Notification.

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