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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: "Mrs.Rose James" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 04:18:02 -0700
Subject: Re: Contact Dr.Larry Roland Immediately For Your ATM Master Card
Worth of $2.5M{Tel:+229-66575211

Attention please!!!

We have registered your package of (US$2.5Million,) with FEDEX COMPANY with
registration code of FEDEX/REG/NO/{0609} please Contact them with your
delivery information:

Name: Dr.Larry Roland
E-mail:( )

We have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay
is their Security fee only. Please contact the FEDEX COMPANY very urgent
for delivering of your package, call them immediately and ask them how much
is their Security fee so that you can pay and receive your ATM package
immediately without any kind of delay.

Best Regards.
Mrs.Rose James.

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