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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: "Victor James." <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:25:30 -0800


ATTN: Payment Notification! This is to bring your notice that I have
paid the courier charges and the delivery of your ATM CARD,I paid it
because the ATM CARD worth $2.500.000.00 Million Us Dollars has
lessthree weeks and four days to expire and when it expires the money
will go into Government reserve for that I decided to help you pay the
money so that the ATM CARD will not expire, because I know when you
get your ATM CARD definitely you must compensate me.

Now your ATM CARD has been deposited with UPS Courier Company for
delivery so i want you to contact Ups Courier Company with your Full
Contact information's so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your
designated address without any delay Like i stated earlier, The
delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official
keeping fees since they refused. The Reasons they refuse is because
their do not know when you are going to contact them. They told me
that their keeping fee is $70 per day and i deposited it today.

Below is their Contact Information,
Contact Person: Mr, Edward Martins
Email : (

Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me
know once you receive your ATM CARD, The fee was calculated $70
today,and note that fail to do so today another $70 will be adding by
tomorrow and bear it in mind that the addition $70 must be
continuously adding every blessed day.

Here is the information you can use send the $70today and remember
that it will be $140 by tomorrow.+

Receiver...Name: ARINZE OBI
Text Question....When
Amount...........$70 ONLY
Sender's Name.........

Waiting to hear from you as soon as you received this mail with the
payemnt of $70 today

Yours Sincerely,
Victor James.

Attn: Valuable Customer,

We wish to inform you that the Agent conveying with the consignment box
valued the sum of ($15.8M US) misplaced your info on transmit and he is
currently stranded right at the international airport with your consignment.he
required you reconfirm the following info, so he can complete
the trip contained your payment fund today.

Full Name: ============
Address: ==============
Mobile No.:===================
Name of Your Nearest
Please do make contact with the agent with the email below with the
info required. Contact Person: Mr.JERRY LEO
Line: +229 68873646

He is waiting to hear from you today with the information.NOTE: The agent does
not know that the of the box is $15.8Million
USD and on no circumstances should you let him know about what it contains The
consignments was moved from here as a family treasures, so never allow him to
open it, Please make sure you do not disclose body of this letter to him so
that he won't be able to know what is in the box.
Yours sincerely
MRS Elizabeth Johnson
call him now +229 68873646

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