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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 Jerry Mark <>
Reply-To: Mr Jerry Mark <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:13:18 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention !!

 Attention !!

Your ATM have being registered with DHL, your ATM CARD of $1.2Million usd with DHL Courier Company with registration code of( Shipment Code awb 33xzs). please Contact with your information such as,Your Name, Your Address, Country and Your Telephone Number:

Contact Person: Pastor Jeff Nicholas
E-mail: ( 9861 7477

I have paid for the Insurance.The fee you have to pay is their Security Keeping fee and your ATM will be delivered to you within 24 hours .Please indicate the registration Number and ask him how much is their Security Keeping fee so that you can pay it.

Best Regards
Mr Jerry Wilson

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