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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 Joseph <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:25:11 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Attn; my dear

I have registered your payment file with UBA BANK PLC this morning.
regarding your compensation, the company will need your
information to complete the delivery of your package {Atm Visa Card}
with them,it is a package worth's of $2.5million dollars You' re to
provide them your delivering information, is due
to our agreement with the DHL Delivering Company and Noted That you
have to provide them the information correctly for the smooth delivery
of your package,
your Full Name
your Mobile Phone Number
Home Address/Country
contact Mr.peter mark
Email: (
phone:+229 98848821
Mr.Joseph Martin

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