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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.Mary J. Boni" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:16:37 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Your Pin code is(4242)

We have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $4.5, USD
through the national UPS company. We were able to accomplish this
through the help of IMF director John Andy and every necessary
been made successfully with the National UPS Agent HON JERRY
person: HON JERRY LEO Telephone: +229 68873646 Contact the UPS agent with your
delivery information, your phone number,address,nearest airport and
your receiver's name. and also be
informed that delivery agent will leave to this country as soon as you
have proceed with the UPS requirement for your fund deliver, your ATM
CARD him, their keeping fee is $105 Good luck. Your Pin code is(4242).
Sincerely Mrs.Mary J. Boni

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