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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: Onalee Koora <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 02:25:26 -0400
Subject: Hello My Dear,

Attn: My Dear,

This is to bring to your notice that I have registered your ATM CARD of
US$2.8 with express Courier Company with registration code of(Shipment
Code Awb33XZS).

Now i want you to contact TNT Express Delivery Company with your full
delivery information's to their below contact Information's ;-

Contact Mr. Ejelo Imeldy of TNT Express Delivery Company
Phone number: +229-9882-8451

Call Mr. Ejelo on +229-9882-8451 and do resend him your information to
enable him process your delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD to your
designated . Contact them today to avoid hard i know and let me know
once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.

Mr. Onalee Koora
ATM OFFICE JP Morgan Chase Bank,
National Association 00229 Benin Republic.

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