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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: mr king jackmon <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:14:04 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?your_atm_card_arrival_in_jfk__?=

ups delivery company
This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you
that your ATM visa card worth's $4.5m USD
which has being registered in our ups company for delivery, in which agent
Benson Godwin had just arrived jfk int’l airport new York city three hours ago,
and you are only needed to reconfirmed your delivery address below to him,

(4)id copy==========
(5)phone number====

Email; (

Mr.king jackmon
ups director
phone +229-68653911

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