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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Jordom Campbell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:29:10 -0700
Subject: Good news !!!IMPORTANT Delivery Notice , Contact DHL for your ATM CARD 11

Good Day,

I have registered your ATM MASTER CARD of $2.5m USD with DHL delivery company, DHL Courier Company will deliver your winning CARD to you once you contact them with

this registration code (Shipment Code awb 33xzs). We were able to accomplish this through the help of Mr. Charles Martins and every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the DHL delivery company Contact Mr. Charles Martins the director with your delivery information, your phone number, address , city, your receiver's name and ID a copy. Contact the director on

TEL: +229 9853 4594

And you are to send them their official keeping fee only.
Your withdrawing maximum amount each day will be $10,000.00 USD, until the funds is completely withdrawn by you. Once the receive your info the delivery will commence.

Mr. Jordon Campbell.

United Bank for Africa

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