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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: David James <>
Reply-To: David James <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:35:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your $5.9 Million in ATM CARD

Attn My Dear ,I have registered your package with UBA BANK PLC this morning and we agreed up that the delivery of your $5.9million in ATM CARD delivery will take place Tomorrow morning.I was told by the DHL Manager you need to provide sum of USD$95.00 for Clearance Certificate so that the same will be forwarded to DHL Head Office in your City for Clearance.
I want you to act accordingly by sending the fee today and get your ATM CARD cleared from DHL Company in your City. The DHL Manager assured me that within 48-hours of obtaining this Clearance Certificate from Custom Office here you must confirm your ATM CARD while your ATM CARD Pin code is: 7784 and immediately you confirm the Card you will start using it.
Here is the Dhl Company Director Contact and Addres No,9 ste vill nowvel Anambra NigeriaName: Mr. Nelson WilliamEmail:
So you information is needed to avoid wrong delivery.Full Name:.............Home Address:........Occupation:.............Cell Phone:............Country:.................Age:................
Contact Mr. Nelson William Email: ( You for being patient.Dr. David  James.ATM Department Office

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