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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: "Mrs. Joy Peter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:33:54 +0200
Subject: I have been waiting/ Call James for more info Tel:+23470 5380 1150

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Cash Fund of $12Million Dollars but I did not hear from you since then therefore because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through Western Union and Money Gram Office, I have credited your total sum of $12 Million into an ATM VISA CARD and I went and registered the ATM CARD with FedEx Express Company for safety purpose meanwhile you are advice to contact the FedEx Express company with your delivery address.

Note: I have paid for the shipping fee except their security keeping charge of $265. which I wanted to pay them but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them in case of demurrage. So you have to pay the security keeping charge of $265.usd as soon as you contact them.

The following is the Contact Information of the FedEx Express Customer Service
Director Mr. James Williams ,
Email Address online: ()
Tel:+23470 5380 1150

Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card.

Please I advice you to reconfirm your delivery address and forward to the FedEx Express for immediate delivery:

(1) Your full name
(2) Your delivery address
(3) Your direct phone number

So that they will deliver your ATM Card to your home address immediately.

Here is the information to send the security fee of $265usd

Receiver's Name:.....Erice Doko
Sender's Name: .............
MTCN: .......

Like I said earlier I have paid for the shipping fee except their security keeping fee of $265. USD only you pay this as soon as you contact them and that's only fee you will pay them.

Here is the FedEx Express Contact Email to avoid wrong contact:
() I wish you good luck.

Mrs. Joy Peter

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