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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.Anthony William" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:53:19 +0530
Subject: Attn My Dear Friend

Attn My Dear Friend ,

This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through the western union network, we have credited your total sum of $2.5millon valid fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of the ATM Card To you, I paid it because the ATM Card worth of $2,500,000.00 which I have registered for delivery yesterday has less than 16 days to expire in the custody of the FedEx Company and when it expires, the money will go into Federal Government treasury account.

With that we decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM Card will not expire, because I trust that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.

I was calling the telephone number you provided then, but unavailable to confirm if you still living in your formal address for the registration of the ATM Card.

Now I want you to contact FedEx Express Delivery with your physical address you desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any delay.

Like I stated earlier, the crediting re-activation, delivery and the company registration charges has been paid by me, but I did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused, they refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the demurrage might have increased by then, They told me that their keeping fees is $250 per day only, and I deposited it yesterday being 11TH JULY 2014:

Below is the Contact Information of the FedEx, Express Customer Service Director Mr.JOHN TIKUS , Email Address online: ( Tel +919643263653 Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees ,Use this code (XA-8550) as the subject of your mail to them for identification and let me know once you receive your ATM card,For International transaction they are Only accept through Money Gram Or western union Money Transfer to speed the process of international orders. Therefore, You are to locate the nearest Money Gram Office and make payment to they protocol officer in care of the Delivery Staff:

Please,use this information to send the fee through Money Gram Money Transfer Or western union

Receiver's Name: UCHECHUKWU EGUH
COUNTRY .......... INDIA
CITY .............NEW DELHI
AMOUNT..............$250 USD

Important Notice: Your ATM CARD package is rapped with pin code paper together with the instructions from the issuing bank on how you will be using the card to withdraw your fund daily and I registered it as gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the content of your package okay.

Yours Sincerely,
Get back to me as soon as you receive your package from the company.
God Bless you.
Mr.Anthony William

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