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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: Karl Jones <>
Reply-To: Karl Jones <>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:50:04 +0000 (UTC)

ZENITH BANK INTERNATIONALZenith Heights Plot 87 AjoseAdeogun Street,Cotonou Republic of Benin,Attn:Payment Notification,
This is to bring to your notice that,we have paid there-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD.We paid it because the ATM Card Code is 8119,worth of $2.5 million.In no distant time,this card willexpire,and when it expires,the money will go into Government purse.
With that,we decided to help you pay the money so that theATM Card will not expire that soon,because we know that when you getyour ATM Card definitely you must pay us back our money andeven compensate us for helping you.
Now we want you to contact UPS DELIVERY SERVICE with yourFull Contact information's so that they can deliver yourCard to your designated address without any delay. Like westated earlier,The delivery charges has been paid but we did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused.
And the reason is that they do not know whenyou are going to contact them and the dumorage might haveincrease. They said that their keeping fees is $100 USD perday and we deposited it on 4th of Nov 2014.Callthem as soon as you receive this mail.Below is their Contact Information's,
Contact Person: Mr.karl JonesUPS DELIVERY SERVICEEmail:(
Contact then Today to avoid increase of your keeping fees,and let me know once you receive your CardE-mail:(
Dr.Smith DayeATM OFFICE ZENITH BANK INTERNATIONALTelephone: +229_68162117Regards.

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