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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: "Barr. Philip Mike" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:30:48 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your Parcel

We finally registered your master ATM card of 3.5m usd to DHL courier
service company with your code no (Code: (06634) / $3.5musd) contact
them immediately With the info below send this detail to MR. Osita
David for fast delivery ( call Telephone no:
+229 68866418 So therefore you are require to provide your information
listed below to enable them complete your delivery to your doorstep.

Copy of id..........

Mr. Osita David is a God
fearing and with good account of which others have received their funds
successfully through his services and there was no complaining so far,
so I can assure you that you will receive the payment
today according
to the instruction I gave to him which rely on your immediate
conglomerate with him.

NOTE: That it depends how serious you are

yours sincerely
Barr. Philip Mike

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