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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: "SUSAN SWART" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:55:00 -0300 (ART)
Subject: Contact Name:Rev.Robert Anderson

I have registered your ATM MASTERCARD with DHL COMPANY Lagos State Branch
Nigeria this morning and we agreed upon that the delivery of your ATM Card
will take off tomorrow morning,So reconfirm your delivery address,
Name,Address,Phone Number,Sex,occupation and ID Proof to DHL Director
Rev.Robert Anderson via below email:

Contact Name:Rev.Robert Anderson
Job Position:Director General DHL COURIER
Direct Telephone line:+234-70-124-10598

Contact him urgently because I will not be at office till June 13th, 2015
for missionary works in the middle East Asia. the amount in your Card is
US$2.7000.00USD Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars
only and your Pin code is:(2201).

Remain Blessed
Susan Swart
Technology and General Services Department Chief Information Officer.

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