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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: Dr gilbert bello <>
Reply-To: Dr gilbert bello <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:28:47 +0000 (UTC)

This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activationfee and the delivery of your ATM.I paid it because the ATM Card 8119$1.5m, has less 21 days to expire and when it expires, the money will go into Government purse.
With that I decided to help you pay the money so that, the ATM willnot expire, because I know when you get your ATM definitely you mustpay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.
I will not cheat you now I want you to contact DHL DELIVERY SERVICEwith your Full Contact information so that they can deliver your Cardto your designated address without any delay. Like I stated earlier,
The delivery charges have 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 demurralsmight have increase.
They told me that their keeping fees is $98 us dollars per day and Ideposited it yesterday  be 12th november 2014.
Below is their Contact Information's,Contact Person:Mr. Tony Bello,DHL DELIVERY SERVICEEmail:( +229 99333187,
Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me knowonce you receive your Card.
Best Regards,
DR GILBERT J. MIKERemittance ManagerZenith Bank Of Benin

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