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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 Mark Jones <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:26:46 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer
of your (USD$2.5 MILLION DOLLARS and your inability to meet up with some
charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We the
Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (UBA) has ordered our Foreign Payment
Unit to issue you a CORPORATE ATM CARD where your payment will be
uploaded and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded
into this CORPORATE ATM CARD and also we have registered it with DHL for
delivery to you.For your information, The delivery charges has been paid
and they were supposed to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but they
insisted that you
must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure
accurate Delivery. MOST IMPORTANT:Due to the content of the package,DHL
mandated that before your package will be shipped, A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST
procured according to the New Customs Creed and the essence of such
Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount is
$98.usd.Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address

1.Full Names
2.Delivery Address
3.Telephone Number
4.Your Ocupation
5.Your Age

Contact Dhl Director, Mr.Harrison Wilson,
Tel:+229 987 427 88

Please hurry now as your package might in cure dumorrages if it stays
more than 2 0r 3 days with DHL..

Thanks,Mr Mark Jones

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