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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: James Otumba <"shimoda.">
Reply-To: James Otumba <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:48:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Urgent Response Is Needed Immediately!!!!!

Attention, Dear Esteem Beneficiary,

I wish to confirm to you that I have registered your ATM MASTER CARD with DHL COMPANY EASTERN NAIROBI KENYA REPUBLIC on yesterday and we agreed upon that the delivery of your ATM Card will take off after couple of hours that yesterday and will be in United State by today and I just got a confirmation call that the delivery agent has arrive Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) United State and presently under CUSTOMS AND BOARDER PROTECTION OFFICE,So reconfirm your delivery address, Name,Address,Phone,Sex and occupation and ID Proof. to the DHL delivery agent Bro.Steven Lugard via below email or fax:

Contact Bro.Steven Lugard.
Tel:.+1 630-748-8626

Call him immediately and send him email urgently because I will not be at office till March 15th, 2017. the amount in your Card is US$18.500,000.00USD Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only and your Pincode is:(XXX1), make sure you work with him in order to achieve the delivery and be careful to avoid loosing the package out of ignorant.

Pastor.James Otumba
Tel: +254-7997-16416.

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