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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 William Phillips <>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:40:06 +0800 (CST)


   This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM.I paid it because the ATM Card 8119 $2.5m,has less four 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,because I know that when you get your ATM definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you. Now i want you to contact UPS DELIVERY 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 official keeping fees is $87 per day and I deposited it yesterday been 13th of Dec. you have to pay them official keeping fees is $87 so that they can deliver your ATM card to you without any delaying.Call him as soon as you receive this mail so that they can give you the payment information you will use to send them the official
keeping fees is $87. Below is their Contact Informations, Contact Person: Hon Jerry Leo, UPS DELIVERY SERVICE Email: ( +229 98991669 Contact then Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your Card. Yours FaithfullyMr William Phillips

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