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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.Victor Nelson" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Victor Nelson" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:43:48 +0900 (JST)


This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activation and the
Delivery of your ATM CARD worth of $11.5million, I paid it because the ATM Card worth
($11.5million), has less three weeks to expire and when it expires, the money
Will go into Government purse. With that I decided to help you pay the money
So that the ATM card will not be expire, because I know when you get your ATM card
Definitely you must pay me my money back and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact The UPS COURIER COMPANY now with your Full
Contact information’s so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your destination
Address without any delay. Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges has
Been paid but I did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused.

They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to
Contact them and demurrage might be increase. They told me that their keeping
Fees is USD$68 and I deposited it today.

Below Is the UPS Delivering Company Contact Information
The Director General UPS Express
Contact Mr. Douglas James
TEL: +229-995-89093

Contact them Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you
Receive your ATM Card.

Note; the only money you will pay them is their keeping fees which is USD$68 And I deposited it today.

Here is the information you will use to send the $68 today, Send the fee via western union or money gram.

Receiver's Name........IKE UDE
Country .....................Benin Republic.
City ...........................Cotonou
Amount ....................$68
Question..............Be Rest
Answer .................Assured
Sender’s Name............
Sender's Mobile Phone Number......
Best Regards,
Mr.Victor Nelson   

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