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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: "MRS.INGA BRITT" <"wwww.">
Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 18:40:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear:Beneficiary,


I have registered your ATM with UPS this morning and we agreed up that your of USD4.8 in ATM CARD delivery will take place Tomorrow morning so kindly reconfirm you full information to them such as your full name, your country,telephone number,your address etc or call

Below is the Contact Information of the
UPS, Express Customer Service
Director:Patrice William
Email Address;(
Phone number +229.62036567

Please contact them with your full information once your receive this email
for urgent delivery of your fund


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