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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:40:57 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATTENTION: Beneficary,

United Parcel Service Republic of NIGERIA LTD Contact
Person: Mr. Ogana Udoka( Director ) FCT-Lagos Nigeria:
Tel Phone:  +234 706 524 3849 Director Contact  Email:
( )

ATTENTION: Beneficary,

 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 $1.7millon 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 $1.7,000.00 which I have
registered for delivery yesterday has less than 31 days to expire in
the custody of the TNT 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
in for the registration of the ATM Card. Now I want you to contact UPS
COURIER 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 $95 per day only, and I deposited it yesterday 8th october

Below is the Contact Information of the UPS COURIER SERVICE COMPANY
Director Mr James Johnson, Email Address online:
( )
Tel: +234 706 524 3849. Contact them today and also send them the
security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and
let me know once you receive your ATM card, Important Notice, your ATM
CARD package was registered as a gift so that the diplomatic Agent
will not know the content of your package okay.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr,Ogana Udoka

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