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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: Miss Scott Rose <>
Reply-To: Miss Scott Rose <>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:25:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS

 Dear friend

I am miss Rose a director in-charge of International Debt of Settlement Fund and Operations Dept, in our bank.

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because

you have not fulfilled the obligation given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment.

Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift ATM Master Card Payment Center Asia Pacific.
However, Kindly contact the DHL manager MR.Hoover Fuller from Integrated Payment Department email: { } Direct Line: +229-6886

-2472. And note him your full delivery address BELOW

FULL NAME=====================
Call phone=====================

For immediate delivery of your ATM CARD, The ATM Master Card Payment Center issued out $5.7million USD as part of payment for this quarter.

Thanks and wish you luck.

Miss Rose Scott
Director, International Debt Settlement
Fund Operations Dept,

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