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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.JOHN ABOH" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:42:06 -0500 (PET)
Subject: Attention:

Attention, :

I write to notify you that we have concluded arrangement with the Director
of west Africa Foreign Assistance to use her immunity to deliver the ATM
CARD (what of $7.3 million used) in your favor to you without any stoppage
by customs, Efcc / FBI and Homeland Securities of the W.A.C.E STATE.
ALWAYS security services will use her Immunity to delivery the Package
directly to your home door step.

However,you are to obtain the Accreditation Seal as the true beneficiary
and the cost of the seal is $135 .The fee ($135 ) should be send with
immediate effect hence all necessary arrangements has been perfected for
smooth delivery.You should send the fee directly to the cargo registration
officer MR / DIRECTOR GODWIN NWAKA with the info below

Name ------------- JAMES CHIKA DIKE
Address -------- Lagos Nigeria
Text question ----- Good
Text answer ------- WILL

Forward the payment information and your delivery address.The parcel
containing the ATM CARD what of $7.3 million used will be in your
receiving address within three working days from the day of


Yours in service
(Presidential Adviser on Foreign Payment)

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