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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 Paula John <>
Reply-To: Frank ben <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 07:08:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention!

Hello Dear, we want to alert you that your ATM CARD Worth USD4.7M Was Registered with DHL Express Courier Company, the registration code is( Shipment Code KBM33xzs). please Contact them with your delivery information E.g, Your Address, Name and Your Telephone Number
Contact Mr Frank ben (
Tel: +22968735357

I paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. You dont have to pay any other fee except from that of Security fee
Which is not more than $100, Remember DON'T PAY MORE THAN $100 ONLY. (But There would be tagged charges if it exceeds this week in our securities office)

Best Regards,
Miss Paula John

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