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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:

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:27:44 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Important and Urgent Massage Concerning your Package

Good day,

The diplomat delivering Our package is stranded at Atlanta GA International
Airport,because he lost your address during the first inspection from U.S
Custom. Send your home address and phone number & Nearest Airport to him today
and assist him when he contact you for more direction. His name is Mr. Paul
Uba, he's at
Atlanta GA International Airport with Our package he is delivering
to other people at New Jersey. He'll need to proceed to your address
immediately after his first delivery therefore e-mail him your complete
information for smooth him on the below information and you
have to comply with him to enable him have successful delivery. Remember, the
Amount on the consignment is $20million and his not aware of it.
Twenty MILLION U.S.Dollars is in the consignment package delivering by
Mr.Paul Uba . Email:( and Phone( 928-554-2514 )

Mr. STEPHEN ADAMS +229-6139-2943

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