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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: sam john <>
Reply-To: sam john <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:44:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention

We have deposited your fund ($4.500`000000USD) through UPS department after our finally meeting regarding your ATM CARD, All you will do is to contact UPS director

Samson Dan via E-mail:( he will give you direction on how you will be receiving your ATM CARD .Remember to send him your Full information to

avoid wrong delivery such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though,UPS department you will receive your ATM CARD so contact Dr.Samson Dan you call him +229-99082752 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to show you the

way you will receive your ATM CARD.
Best Regards

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