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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: "scott" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:24:47 -0400
Subject: This is to inform you that your ATM CARD / VISA CARD


Attention  Dear:I Just received a call from Mr. Martin Ugochi,the Director Of DHL Company Benin that the ( $2.8Million) cash payment compensation which I sent to you is returned back due to wrong address provided,They need the reconfirmation of the below information:MR. MARTIN UGOCHI,DIRECTOR,DHL FOREIGN DELIVERY SECTIONEmail: ( EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC,1.YOUR FULL NAME==================YOUR HOME ADDRESS============.YOUR PHONE AND CELL NUMBER=========A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE=============YOUR AGE/SEX==================YOUR COUNTRY================= YOUR CITY====================YOUR occupation================= ntact them at the following information:Director Mr. Martin ugochi,Tel:+229-64688821,E-mail:( ) Your registration codeis (GL-1416),use it as your subject when contacting them, thanks and have a nice day.Best RegardMR.JOSEPH SCOTT

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