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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: Erick Moore <>
Reply-To: Erick Moore <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 02:35:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Contact UPS Manager Benin, Mr. Erick Moore to receieve your ATM CARD,

Attention ,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your (USD$2.5 MILLION DOLLARS and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE ATM CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this CORPORATE ATM CARD and also have registered it with UPS for delivery to you.

For your information, The delivery charges has been paid and UPS delivery company were supposed to have shipped your packaged ATM CARD but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate Delivery. MOST IMPORTANT:Due to the content of the package,UPS mandated that before your package will be shipped, A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Customs Creed and the essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery.Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address for the delivery purpose

Contact UPS. Mr. Erick Moore
UPS International Benin
Lot No. 23 Patte D'Oie
03 BP 2147Cotonou
Tel:+229 62899118

Fill the below information for the delivery purpose

1.Full Names
2.Delivery Address
3.Telephone Number
4.Your Ocupation
5.Your Age
6.Your Id

We used ups company for this mission because every one knows how reliable and trusted the are according to their directors, a satisfactory service is given to customers with in 48 hours,we therefore advice you to have the requested informtion and the Tax/Stamp Duty fee fixed up quick to enable UPS hasten up with the delivery. 

Best regards.

Mr.Walter J.Campbell.
Copyright 2016 BOA 
All Rights Reserved.

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