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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: Tony James <>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:46:11 +0100
Subject: Contact with your delivery information

Attention Owner Of The ATM CARD.

I have registered Your ATM CARD of USD2.5. with FedEx Express Courier
Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs). please
Contact with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your
Address and Your Telephone Number:

Office:E-mail: (
Name of ; Mr.Larry Roland
Office NUMBER; +22966934781

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay is their Security fee $67 Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him how to pay their Security fee of $67 so that you can pay
it immediately.

Best Regards,
Dr.Tony James

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