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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. DuPont David" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:13:51 -0700
Subject: TNT Courier Company Office Benin Republic.

*TNT** Courier Company Office Benin Republic**.*

*This is to inform you that there is ATM VISA card in this office deposited
by a Dr. Mary James on the 1st of AGU 2014. Your e-mail address was
attached to it and is to be posted to you. We have been waiting for you to
contact us for your confirmable ATM card which contains the sum of $2.8
Million USD and some vital documents. So kindly get back to this office
(TNT COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC) to avoid fraudulent issues concerning
in this service.*

*Contact Mr. DuPont David*

*Phone +229-98333967*

*Email :(* * <>) *

*That we should send the ATM you are to reconfirm and provide to us your
Delivery address below.*

*Your full name.......*

*Your country......*

*Your postal address...*

*Your direct phone...*

*Note: that you are to pay for the Delivery fee of $79.USD you are advise
to send the fee through western union or money gram to the cashier name
below and forward the payment information to the Company email:
( <>) for immediate Delivery
of your ATM. *

*Receiver name......JOHN NNA *

*Country.....Benin Republic *

*City....Cotonou *

*Question....OK *


*Amount.....$79.00 *

*Note: that every claim has an expiring period of fourteen working days
(14days) so you have to send this fee so that your ATM will be Delivered to
you urgently to avoid expiration, *

*Here is the tracking Number of your Card*

*#5544 32421*

* <>*

*Understand that it will not track now due to your Card is not yet on the
Shipment *

*(TNT Courier Company Office) Benin Republic.*

*Telephone: +229-9833967.*

*Email ( <>)*

*Thanks yours in service. *

*Mr. DuPont David*

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