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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: Mrs Mercy Perry <>
Reply-To: Mrs Mercy Perry <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:35:05 +0000 (UTC)


This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through our western union network, we have credited your total $980.000.00. Legitimate USD into an ATM master card, and we have paid the re-activation fee of your ATM master card to you, we paid it because your ATM master card worth of $980.000.00. Legitimate USD which we have registered for deliver, has less than Eleven days to expire in the custody of the FedEx company.

For that we decided to help you pay off the money so that your ATM master card will not expire,Like we stated earlier, the re-activation fee/charges has been paid ,therefore the only money you were advice to send to them is their security official keeping fees and delivery charge $199 USD only.

Therefore you should contact them with the below contact information;

Company Name; FedEx Express Customer Service.
Director ;Dr.John Hall
Email;( )
Phone: +229-9855-6769.

Contact them today with your full details information;
Your Full Name;.....................
Your Country;...................... ....
Your Residence Home Address;..........
A Copy of You Identification...........
Your Direct Phone ;...............
Your Cell;.........................
Age/Sex;...................... ......

Try to indicate all this codes to them because it will prove that you are the rightful person that own the ATM CARD deposited in their custody.

Shipment Code awb 33xzs,
Atm Card Registered Code No xgt442.
Security Code sctc/2001dhx/567/;

This is to avoid wrong delivery, do that urgent to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let us know once you receive your ATM master card.

Mrs Mercy Perry

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