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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: "Dr. Ban Ki-moon" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:58:38 +0900 (JST)

Attention: Email ID Owner

The IMF is compensating all the scam victims and your email address was found as one of the Victims. We have concluded to affect your own payment through ATM VISA CARD $5,000 twice daily until the total sum of $7.5M is completely paid to you.

We now need your information as to where we will be delivering your ATM VISA CARD, such as; Receiver’s name, address and phone number. NOTE that once you send your full information to Mark James then he will deliver your ATM VISA CARD to your home address immediately. Now contact DHL EXPRESS with this Email: ( ) Office Number: +229 9914 1894 Forward your full information to this Email Address and call us immediately you receive this notice. Noted that their security and Insurance fee has been paid expect their delivery fee of $189.00 which I did not pay because they refuse and said that it will be pay by you the beneficiary upon your response, Please don't be deceive by any body. I register your ATM Visa Card with Code of 8060, please indicate this Code when contacting DHL Express today.

Thanks and God bless,
Your Sincerely
Dr. Ban Ki-moon

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