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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: "Andrea B. Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 01:19:41 -0500
Subject: Call Phone Number Or Text:+1 7402-787-076

Attn My Dear,

This is to inform you that your Compensation Payment worth of ($3.5M USD,)by the United Nations here in USA,has been converted into ATM Master Card to free it from expiring. And I have registered your ATM Card with the TNT Courier Company for them to deliver it to your home within 48 hours and we agreed that the delivering of your ATM CARD Package will take off as soon as you contact them with your full address where your ATM Card will be delivered to you.

Your Full Name
Home or Office Address
Home, office or Cell Phone Number

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery Fee, except their Security Keeping Fee which they said it can only be paid when the Deposits is ready for shipment to the Receiver. Please indicate the registration Number (Shipment Code TNT 33xzs) to enable them know that you are the right person.

Contact E-mail : ( )
Contact Person: Bonnie George
Call Phone Number Or Text:+1 7402-787-076

Kindly Note that the card was programed daily collection of $5,000 and it can work in any ATM CARD machine round the world you can make transfer of any amount from the card to your personal account , delivery will leave to your home address on the confirmation of your message to Mr.Bonnie George, i dont know how much the security keeping fee will be as of now he will inform you when you contact him for delivery.

Let me know as soon as you contact the Courier Company.

Best Regards,
Andrea B. Smith
Chief Administrative Officer

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