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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: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:46:12 +0100
Subject: FedEx New York Read to take your atm card

Phone:  +1-917-503-1832.
call  me.
warning  dont  allow  your  atm  card  to  send  back  read  carefully  and  take  your  atm  card   for  sure.
DEAR  SIR, I  swear  to  deliver  your  atm  card  immediately  you  cooperate   and  fulfill  your  last  fee  of  $100  dollars  and  i  must  surprise  you  by  making  the  delivery  once  i  saw  your  turn  up  payment  i  swear  in  the  world to  avoid  Fbi  not  to  handle  me.
your   loaded  atm  card  is   fifteen  million  dollars  was  came  from  zenith  Bank  London  see  their   contact   below
Zenith bank  Phone: +44-703-191-9236.   or  +44-703-191-6095.
contact  manager  name  is :  Davis  Williams.
when  you  send  the  last  $100  dollars  make  sure  you  give us all your correct House  address  and phone number to avoid delivery mistake.
don't  allow  your  atm  card  to  return  back  as it  is  ready  to  deliver  since  this  time. 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.
This  is  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.
My 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.
the reason I directed  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:       Udeoji    Amaliwu  Francisca
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
call  me
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