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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:

Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 19:44:43 +0800 (CST)
Subject: RE: Contact DHL courier service now

Dear Friend;

This is to inform you that; We have concluded to affect your transaction by ATM VISA CARD.. Your fund $1.5Million dollars will be loaded onto ATM VISA CARD and DHL courier Service will deliver the ATM VISA CARD to you as soon as you send your contact home address to them. 

Send you contact home address to DHL service as it below to deliver your ATM VISA CARD to you;

Full Name:
Home Address:
Country AND City:
Zip/postal code
Cell Phone Numbers
Age AND Sex:
A Scan Copy of your Identity:

Below is the contact information of DHL courier service for you to send your contact home address to them.
contact person: Mr. CHRIS LONG
EMAIL:: ( )

Send the above mentioned information correctly to them to avoid deliver your ATM VISA CARD to wrong address.

Best regard

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