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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: "Mrs. Rev Dr. Mary Nduba." <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Rev Dr. Mary Nduba." <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:20:05 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Friend,
This is to bring to your notice that I have been able to pay there-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM Card. I paid it becausethe ATM Card worth of $5.8m has less than Seven days to expire andwhen it expires, the money will lost to the Federal Governmenttreasury account . With that I decided to help you pay off the moneyso that the ATM Card will not expire, because I trust that when youreceive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my expenditureand even compensate me for helping you.
Now i want you to contact DHL Express with your physical address yourprefer the delivery so that they can deliver your Card to yourdesignated address without any delay. Like i stated earlier, Thedelivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their officialkeeping fees since they refused. They refused and the reason is thatthey do not know when you are going to contact them and the demur ragemight have increased.
They told me that their keeping fees $78 per day as i made the deposityesterday, So you are advised to contact them immediately to avoid thesecurity keeping charge increase.
Below is their Contact Information's, Contact Person: Mr. Patrick Williams.DHL Express Email: ( Tel: +22968-82-74-35 Contact them Today to avoid increase of their keeping feesand let me know once you receive your card.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Rev Dr. Mary Nduba.

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