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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:

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:02:16 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: We finally registered your Master Card ATM

We finally registered your Master Card ATM of $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) to DHL courier service company with your code no (Code: (06634) $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) contact them immediately With the info below:
Send this detail to Mr.Dived MUHAMMED for fast delivery
Contact Email Telephone Number:{+229-6865-6851}
So therefore you are require to provide your information listed below to enable them complete your delivery to your doorstep.
Your Full Name:Your Direct Telephone Numbers:Your Correct Home Address:Your Current Occupation:Your Email Address:Your Copy Passport:
Mr.Dived MUHAMMED is a God fearing man and with good account of which others have received their funds successfully through his services and there was no complain so far, so I can assure you that you will receive your ATM CARD according to the instruction I gave to him which rely on your immediate corporation with him.
Upon the receipt of this information, he will always keep you updated concerning the progress of the delivery of your ATM CARD,you are advised to seize all communication with any other office or person to avoid been mislead, and whenever you receive any message from anyone, kindly forward it to him so that he can make a proper investigation on it.
NOTE: That it depends how serious you are.
Yours Sincerely
Charles E HawkinsDirector United Bank Of Africa (UBA),Head Office Benin Republic.CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE.=============================================================================================================================This email is intended for the owner of this E-mail Address only and contains privileged and confidential information. If you received this email by error, please delete it from your mail box and notify us immediately for correction. The disclosure of this email to a third party is highly prohibited. Thanks for your understanding.

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