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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: "" <>
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Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:24:48 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attn:Payment Notification,

Zenith Heights Plot 87 Ajose
Adeogun Street,Cotonou Benin.Rep

Attn:Payment Notification,
This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery fee of your ATM Debit Card. I paid it because the ATM Card Code is { 8119 } $14.5 Million Dollars, has less than 47 days to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government purse. With that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM Card will not expire because I know that when you get your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.
Now I want you to contact UPS DELIVERY SERVICE with your Full Contact information's so that they can deliver your Card to your designated address without any delay. Like I stated earlier the delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay their security keeping fee since they refused. They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and dumorrage might have increase. They told me that their sceurity keeping fees is only sum of $195 usd and I deposited it yesterday being {5th December 2014 } Call the director Hon. Dr. Jerry Leo as soon as you send them the fee with this information below.

Below is their Contact Information's,

Contact Person: Hon. Dr Jerry Leo
Email:( )         
Telephone: +229 99935806

Contact them Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you receive your Card.
Dr. Smith Daye
Federal Republic of Benin West Africa.

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