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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: "Miss. Donna Gwen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:33:29 -0800
Subject: FBI ALERT!!!

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (FBI) urge you to treat it genuinely. Federal Bureau of Investigation Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division. Federal Bureau Of Investigation. J.Edgar.Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, USA Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday: ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY, We the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) through our intelligence monitoring network has discovered that the transaction you did previously was legal.Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via INTER SWITCH WORLD BANK. So, we the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, in conjunction with the United Nations (UN), financial department has authorized you to contact the pay master for the release of your fund.We are aware of scam that is going on internet ,We the Federal Bureau of investigation decided to contracted the Ups Courier Service Company for them to give us their procedures on how to sent this money to you without any further complain or delay. We got an information from the Inter Switch World Bank and they have loaded your $3.5 Million Us Dollars in ATM MASTER DEBT CARD and submit to the Ups courier service company for immediate delivery to your doorstep. You are required to choose one option, which you will be able to pay and also convenient for you for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM CARD and other two original back up documents. Service Type | Delivery Duration | Charges/Fees ------------------------------ ------------------------------ --------------- UPS Premium Express (24 hrs Delivery) Mailing $200.00 Insurance $150.00 Vat $50.00 TOTAL $400.00 (four hundred US Dollars Only). .............................. .............................. .......... Special Express (2 Days) Mailing $100.00 00 Insurance $150.00 00 Vat $50.00 00 TOTAL $300.00 00 $ 300 (three hundred US Dollars Only ) .............................. .............................. ................ You are hereby required to advice us, on your parcel delivery option by filling in the required form stated above. Please note that the deadline for claiming of your fund is exactly one week after the receipt of this email. After this period, your fund will be return back to federation account So take note. Moreover, you can view those we sent ATM MASTER DEBIT CARD AND THEIR Tracking numbers , website ( Here are the tracking numbers of the successful delivery made,you can check it by your self. LIKE YOU WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENT SUCCESSFULLY. JOHNNY ALMANTE ==============1Z2X59394198080570 GARY METZGER ==============1Z2X59394195952759 GLEN PAPANIKAS ==============1Z2X59394198690947 CAROL R BUCZYNSKI ==============1Z2X59394197862530 KARIMA EMELIA TAYLOR ==============1Z2X59394198591527 LISA LAIRD ==============1Z2X59394196641913 POLLY SHAYKIN ==============1Z2X59394198817702 MOREOVER, THIS IS ANOTHER PEOPLE THAT RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENT THROUGH UPS WEBSITE (WWW.DHL.COM). RICHARD AUTRY ============== 869713119185 GARY METZGER ============== 871363130860 MARK STUBBS ==============871363116168 We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office address and postal address are certified OK. DELIVERY DESTINATION INFORMATION: ------------------------------ ------------------------------ - Receiver's Name :....... Address:................ Tel/:................... Delivery Information/ Parcel Description ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------- Delivery Terms: International Delivery Condition Of Delivery:Priority Delivery Consignment Note No: MI 49866-2110 Color of Parcel: ...Brown. Total Weight: 36.2 kg Total Net Weight: 1.7 kg We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your package, To effect the release of your fund valued at $3.5Million us dollars you are advised to contact our correspondent,your special Fbi funds transfer agent Mr. MARK RUBEN with the information below, Name: AGENT.MARK RUBEN Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message. Best Regards, (FBI) Superior: Miss Donna Gwen. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001 Disclaimer and Confidentiality Notice: This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and contain privileged and or copyright information. If you are not the intended recipient or received the email in error you must not copy, distribute or use this email or the information contained in it for any purpose other than to notify the sender immediately, and delete this e-mail from your system. The sender shall not be liable for the improper or incomplete transmission of the information contained in this communication, nor for any delay in its receipt or damage to your system. The sender does not guarantee that this material is free from viruses or any other defects although due care has been taken to minimise the risk.

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