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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.Joe Ezenna." <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:51:32 -0700
Subject: I have registered your $4.5M ATM CARD

Attn Dear,

I have registered your $4.5M ATM CARD with DHL this morning and we
agreed up that the delivery of your $4.5M ATM CARD Package will take
off tomorrow morning. So contact them with Your Phone Numbers with
your full address were your ATM Card will be delivered.

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
You’re Age/sex__
Your occupation
Direct phone number__

Contact E-mail :( )
Name of Thomas Ken

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee, except the Security
Keeping Fee which they said it can only be paid when the Deposits is
ready for shipment to the Receiver. Please indicate the registration
Number (Shipment Code Awb 33xzs) to enable them know that you are the
right person.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Joe Ezenna.

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