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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: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:12:54 +0100

FedEx New York
ADDRESS > FedEx Kinko's 105 Duane St New York, NY
10007  Delivery ATM payment department inheritance fund.
Phone: + 1-917-503-1832.   CALL ME
Call:     +1-929-999-1734.
Reminder  again  read  well  again  don't  allow  your  atm  card  to  be  back  this  is  your  letter  alone  only  you.
Dear client/customer
I am Brian  Phillips  CEO.
from  FedEx New York  office.
just  call  me  today  me  in  new  york.
Phone: + 1-917-503-1832.
Call:     +1-929-999-1734.
Dear  customer. please  even  if  you  sent  money  yesterday  this  is  new  United  Nation  Law  don't  be  annoyed.
Read  Today  message  very  careful  to  understand  very  well  that  in  early  hour of   yesterday  we  bring  out  your  package  for  delivery  from  FedEx   to  your  house  address  while  in  the same  time  we  receive  signal  from  United  Nation  that  every  delivery  package  of  huge  amount  of  transfer  fund  must  obtain  what  called  yellow  tag  certificate   to  attach  in  your  file  before  any  delivery  package  of  huge  amount  shall  delivery  saying  that  even  bank  to  bank  transfer  must  obtain  yellow  Tag  to  avoid  terrorist  money.  
so  now  don't  be  annoyed  or  offended  just  believe  me  do  not  ignore  your  atm  card  kindly  give  benefit  of  doubt  and  send  the  last  $100  dollars  to  obtain  the  last  yellow tag  of  stamp  duty  to  attach  in  your  file  to  satisfy  United  Nation  conscience  then  you  will  receive  your  atm  card  for  sure  no  more  excuse  again  just  believe  me  honestly  send  the  last  money  and  see  your  atm  card  the  same  time.
i  swear  to  you  today  with  all  what  ever  we  think  that  immediately  you  send  this  last  $100  dollars  we  will  not  fails  you  as  you  must  get  your  atm  card  as I  know  i  will  do  it  now.
kindly once again provide to us your full delivery address  to enable  us  make the delivery of your ATM CARD that was sent to you  by  zenith  Bank  London.  as  your  inheritance  Fund  about  Fifteen  Million  Dollars  from  zenith  Bank  London.
the  contact  person  in  zenith  bank  London  is  Davis  Williams, phone: +44-703-191-9236.  PHONE: +44-703-191-6095.  Email:   the  bank  sent  your  atm  card  to  FedEx  office  new  york. worth  of  fifteen  million  dollars  sent  in  split items  by  first  eight  million  dollars  first  payment.
We apologize for the delay of the FUND transfer and  as  will make it a  success  delivery this time hence you give to us your full name and  Correct  House  address  including your  Phone   number to avoid delivery mistake.
with this useful information we can be rest  assured  that when your package arrived  we will  have  rest  of  mind  without  any  problems.
see the Name to contact FedEx in west Africa for your last
attach  Document.
Name: David Rebholz.
Phone:  +234-706-665-5666.
contact him for your attach last document before  we FedEx new york will attach  the document
and  deliver your atm card.
now   we  are  ready  to  work  with  you  and  deliver  your  atm  card  as  custom   have  permitted  that  immediately  you  send  your  last  fee  for  document  you  must  enjoy  your  atm card  as  your  card  was  at  JFK  airport  at  new  york.
this  is  serious  reminder. don't  allow  your  atm  card  to  deliver  back   as  custom  office  have  told  us to  make  the  delivery  while  the  reason  to  send  the  fee  of  $100  dollars  to  the  west  Africa  is  because  it  is  very  low  cost  of  $100  dollars   only  but  other  country  is  higher.
see  the  name  to  send  the  last  fee  of  the  said  Last  amount  $100  dollars  with  western  union  or  money  Gram.
Name:    Francisca  Udeoji   Amaliwu.
Country:  Nigeria.
Amount:  $100  dollars.
City:   Lagos.
Test  question:   Delivery.
Test  answer:   Card.
Then  you  send  the  Mtcn.
Thanks  Brian  Phillips.
I am Brian  Phillips  CEO.
from  FedEx New York  office.
Phone: + 1-917-503-1832.
Call :  +1-929-999-1734.
call  me  today  and  send  me  an  Email.

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