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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: "Mr. Patrick Davis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:02:13 -0600
Subject: Re: Your Unsettled Winning Prize!!!

Dear fund beneficiary,

I have been waiting for you to contact me for your ATM Card of $350,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time.Then I went and deposited the ATM Card with COURIER SERVICE. I travelled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of this year. What you have to do now is to contact the COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date.

The only money you will send to the COURIER SERVICE to deliver your ATM Card direct to your postal Address in your country is ($95 USD) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $95US Dollars.

You have to contact the COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your ATM Card with this information bellow:

Email Address:
Name Of Controller: Lord Ruben
Phone Number: +234 701-9758-556

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.

Below is their payment information which you will use in sending them the demurrage fee.

Name of sender:
Address of sender:
Names Of receiver: Okafor Fabian
Address of receiver: Lagos, Nigeria
Amout to be met: $95usd
Text Question: Color
Answer: Blue

Let me repeat again, try to contact them and also send them the fees as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay.

You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your ATM Card.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Patrick Davis

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