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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: Ms Dorothy Martins <>
Reply-To: Ms Dorothy Martins <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:06:52 +0000 (UTC)

 Hello Dear,

It is over 3 months now that I have been waiting for you since to contact
me for your Conformable claim and delivery of your ATM international Master
Card of $750,000 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
that time. Then I went and deposited the ATM Master Card with FEDEX COURIER
SERVICE, Lagos, Nigeria before I traveled out of the country for a 6 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of December 2014.

What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge
and Clearance Certificate Fee for your ATM international Master Card
showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in
your Country.The only money the FedEx company will ask you to send for the
delivery of your parcel direct to your postal Address in your country is (
US$108) Dollars only.

Being Security Keeping Fee for it has been a long that they have your
parcel without hearing from you so far.Again, don't be deceived by any body
to pay any other money except ($108.00 US) Dollars. I would have paid that
but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in
case of dumurrage. You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE now for
the delivery of your ATM international Master Card with this information

Contact Person: Rev. Tom Frank
Email Address :
Tel : +234 706-587-4083

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and
ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package
over there and know when it will get to your address.Let me repeat again,
try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further
delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of ($108.00 US)
Dollars for their immediate action.After this December,the parcel will be
cancel as unclaimed by the FedEx Courier Service Company for the reserve
was the case.

Be notify that your ATM international Master Card $750,000 dollars is from
the African Union Organization as a full inheritance & Compensation that
you have been waiting to receive from so many banks and financial
institution in most of the African countries. This notice is from the
office of the assistant director African Union Organization & New Nigerian
Minister for Special Duties.Your case was decided and concluded on the last
A.U. general meeting.

You try to email me back as soon as you receive your ATM international
Master Card of $750,000 United States Dollars so i will take note of
that.Due to some reasons,i may not have access to my internet all the time
but try to contact and communicate with Mr. Peter Anthony at the FedEx
Office as directed above.

Yours Faithfully,
Ms Dorothy Martins on behalf of the joint office:
New Nigerian Minister for Special Duties/Assistant director African Union

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