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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:46:35 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: atten.


Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of
your (2.5 MILLION USD and your inability to meet up with some charges levied
against you due to the past transfer options,We have decided to issue you a
cooperate ATM CARD and we have also register it with DHL COURIER SERVICE to
deliver to you Contact them with your full address

contact person Robert David
tel.+229 98980737

note that A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Customs
and the essence to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount is 98.usd only.
Leonard Williams

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