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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FEDEX NEW YORK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:01 +0100

    Phone:  +1-917-503-1832.
    Phone:  +1-929-999-1734.
    Dear  Good  customer  Happy   new  year  to  you  alone  This  year  the  reason  we  have  been  contacting  you  is  that  we  dont  want  you  to  lost  your  atm  card  fund.
    yes  we  have  started  your  delivery  package   now  as  we  have  already  resume  work  since  last  week   and  we  promise  that  this  year  2015  will  stay  as  your  good  year  to  receive  your  atm  card  and  no  more  delaying  again  once  you  send  this  last  payment  stay  home  and  take  your  atm  card  for  sure  in  this  new  month  this  is  good  assurance   try  and  see  the  miracle   of  the  delivery  card.
    don't  allow  your  atm  card  to  return  back  as it  is  ready  to  deliver  since  last  week. let  me swear  to  you  that  immediately  you send this  last  $100  dollars  your  atm  card  will  no  longer  stay  in  our  office  but  it  must  stay  in  your  House  address  for  sure  this  is  truth  believe  me  honestly  try  and  see  fedex  action  this  time  I  swear.
    Hi,  This  is  Highly  opportunity  to  take  your  atm  card  no  matter  what  happen  FedEx  is  out  now  to  deliver  your  atm  card.
    Read  carefully  to  succeed while  your  total fund from zenith bank London was fifteen million Dollars.
    let  me  advice  you  that  FedEx  is  already  to  stand  on  your  behalf  to  enable  your  atm  card  been  deliver  with  Quick  action  while  no  one  shall  ever  demanded  another  fee again and  Immediately  you  send  this  last  fee  of  $100  dollars your atm card must surely delivered.
     we  are   very serious  to  delivery of  your  atm  package  this from  last  week to  the  extent that immediately  you  send  the  last  $100  dollars believe  me  you  must  have  your  atm  card   for  sure  because  the  homeland  security including  Fbi  is  out  to  giving  worry  to Fedex This  time  to  make  sure  we  finalize   every thing  for  delivery  package this  time.
    reminder to you again that I swear  that  immediately  you  send  this  last  $100  dollars  definitely  your  atm  card  must  deliver  the  following  day at  your  address  while  we  shall  like  you  to  keep someone  in  the  house  or  you  stay  at  home  your  self  why  because  FedEx  have  already  change  their  system  of  work  to  the  extent  that  if any  manager  delay  again  the  manager  will  be  prosecuted  to  the  law  court.
    so  our  advice  is  for  you  to  complete  and  send  the  last  $100  dollars  and  take  your  atm  card  final  process  do not  allow  your  atm  card  to  return  back  as  it is ready  for  delivery  believe  me  honestly.
    Kindly  contact us for the delivery shipment of your ATM card package which was Loaded for $15,000,000 Fifteem million  Dollar  sent from zenith Bank London.
    Zenith bank  Phone: +44-703-191-9236.   or  +44-703-191-6095.
    contact  manager  name  is :  Davis  Williams.
    Email:   or  Email  Zenith  :
    when  you  send  the  last  $100  dollars  make  sure  you  give us all your correct House  address  and phone number to avoid delivery mistake.
    I  must  advice  you  today  that  the  reason  why  we directed  you  to  send  the  money  fee  to  the  west  Africa  is  because  the  attach  certificate  is  very  low  cost  prize  but  other  countries  is  charging  higher  that  is  why  we  refer  you  to  Nigeria  in  west  Africa  to  get  the  certificate  very  chipper  rate  of  $100  dollars  only.
    the reason to direct you to west Africa is because the attach  certificate very low amount of $100 dollars than other countries  also  make sure you contact David Rebholz  of  FedEx  in  west  Africa for  him to issue the attach  certificate in the rate of $100 dollars  only.
    see  the Name  to  contact  FedEx in  west  Africa  for  your  last  attach  Document.
    Name: David Rebholz.
    Phone:  +234-706-665-5666.
    Email:   or   contact him for your attach document before our FedEx new york shall
    deliver your atm card.
    send  in  money  gram  only  or  western  union,
    Name:    Francisca   Udeoji    Amaliwu.
    Country:    Nigeria.
    Amount:   $100  dollars.
    city:  Lagos.
    text  question:  delivery.
    text  answer:   Card.
    Then  you  send  the  mtcn.
    Brian Phillips
    CEO director
    FedEx Office, New York
    Tel: +1-917-503-1832
    Tel:  +1-929-999-1734.
    Reply here:

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