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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: Larry Anderson <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:26:15 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your ( ATM MASTER CARD) It's Urgent!!!

Your funds {$15.5Mn} with tag# 02547 has been approved by UN and
credited in an ATM Card and was deposited with FedEx Company this
Morning to deliver it to you. Now contact them at:(
with your full shipment address such Your name, address, city, state &
country inconcluding your phone number, or call them with this phone#:
+229 68711279 for inquiries

NOTE: you'll send our total fee of $250USD before the delivery
commence today.

Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees

FedEx Express (24 hours)
Mailing $100.00
Insurance $100.00
Vat $50.00
TOTAL $250.00

Director: Mr. Larry Anderson

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