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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: peter don <>
Reply-To: peter don <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:04:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Fedex For Your Package.

I have registered your ATM CARD of US$2.7 Million with Courier Company with registration

code of(Shipment Code awb 33xzs)please Contact with your delivery information

such as,Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:

Shipping company Office FedEx,contact them immediately for the direction on how

you will receive the Card

Name of Director:David White,


Tel:+229-99 221 908

Let me know once you receive your Atm card from them,Remember the only money you

will pay is their delivery fee.

Best Regards,

Mr Peter Don

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