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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: Hon John Douglas <>
Reply-To: Hon John Douglas <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:26:50 +0000 (UTC)

ATTN: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION! This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the courier charges and the delivery of your ATM CARD.I paid it because the ATM CARD  worth $2.700.000.00 USD has less Four weeks and four days to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve.. With that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM CARD  will not expire, because I know when you get your ATM CARD definitely you must compensate me. Now your ATM CARD  has been deposited with DHL Courier Company for delivery so I want you to contact Dhl Courier Company  with your Full Contact  informations so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your designated address without any delay. Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. Reasons for their refusal are because they do not know when you are going to contact them. They told me that their keeping fee is $25 per day and i deposited it yesterday 18/11/2014.Below is their Contact Informations, Contact Person: Mr Anthony KennethDHL Courier and Security CompanyTell..+229-98099464E-MAIL;
 Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid mistake on the delivery. I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it to them again to avoid any mistake in the delivering including with your ID or Picture. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive the package box contains $2.7MILLION . Ask Mr Anthony Kenneth DHL Courier Company Director How you Can Send to Them There Official Security Keeping Fees Witch Is Only $25 which is per day. Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your ATM CARD. 
>From Hon John Douglas the GeneralPayment Contractor of FederalGovernment Africa.

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