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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: "Mrs. Delores Ben" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Delores Ben" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:56:45 +0900 (JST)


This IS to Bring to your notice That Because of the impossibility of your Fund transfer through the Money Gram network, we Have Credited  your Total of $ million valid Fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I Have Paid the re-activation fee and the Delivery of the ATM Card To you,

I Paid it Because the ATM Card worth of $ 2,500,000.00 Which I Have registered it Delivery Yesterday HAS less than 21 days to expire in  the custody of the FedEx Company and When it expires, the Money Will Go into Federal Government Treasury account. With That we I decided to help  you pay off the Money so That the ATM Card Will not expire, Because I Trust That When you receive your ATM Card definitely you MUST pay me back my  Money and even compensate me for Helping you.

Now I want you to contact FedEx Express with your physical address you desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any delay.

Like I stated earlier, the crediting re-activation, delivery and the company registration charges has been paid by me, but we did not pay their official security keeping fees since they refused, they refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the demur-rage might have increased by then, They told me that their keeping fees is $ 35 per day only, and I deposited it this week.

Below is the Contact Information of the
FedEx, Express Customer Service
Director Mr. Edward Tony
Phone number +229 98372730

Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card, Important Notice, your ATM CARD package was registered as a gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the content of your package okay.

Mrs. Delores Ben

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