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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: Mabou Emmanuel <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:50:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN.

To: The Fund Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that IMF just discovered your unpaid Winning Price contract compensation of a US$1.2M owned to you through the IMF Central Data System and a part payment of US$1.2 Million has been approved to be paid to you through an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card.

I have registered the ATM CARD with TNT COMPANY as directed and the delivery will take off as soon as you contact the COMPANY. Based on the agreement with TNT Director, Dr.William Frank Akaego The only what it will cost you to receive your Automated Teller Machine (ATM CARD) is their delivery fee ONLY So contact the delivery company ASAP and ask them for the COST of their COMPANY delivery fee. MOST IMPORTANTLY: re-confirm your current delivery address and Direct Telephone via His émail adresse Bellow:

The amount processed in the ATM Card is US$1.2 Million in your name and the PIN code is: {0608}.Remember to contact the delivery company direct to their contact information below.
Contact person; Dr.William Frank Akaego
@ E-mail:
Direct Tel: +229 99 04 16 55
Direct Fax: +229 95 86 21 42
Mabou Emmanuel

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