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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 Pamela Ahmad <>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:33:04 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Urgent Respond

Atte: My Dear

I have registered your payment file with UBA BANK PLC this morning
and we agreed up that the delivery of your $12.5M ATM CARD Package
will take off tomorrow morning.So contact them with your full info

Contact Mr.Bobby Brown
with your full address were your card will be delivered
Tel: +229 68017161
Email: ( )

Thank you,
Mrs Pamela Ahmad

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