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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: "Brinks Global Security" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2016 00:06:35 -0800
Subject: This office still waiting to receive the two documents from you

Brinks Global Security
Contact Address: 59 Ortigas Avenue,
Rosario,Pasig City 1609. Philippines.
Dear Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that once you present to this office the Philippines Tax Identification Number(TIN NUMBER)and Philippines National Bureau of Intelligence Clearance Certificate(NBI CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE) that  we will deliver your parcel contain your ATM CARD worth US$15.5 Million USD with your secrete pin number to your address directly which is cashable in any ATM machine anywhere in the world. This office still waiting to receive the two documents from you.
Arnel Paul Ramos

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