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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: "Mr.Terry Dickson" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Terry Dickson" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 11:04:51 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: This is your Transaction Code: 233:cstc,101,33028 Get back to us

This is to notify you that we have credited your total sum of
$1,500,000.00 USD originated from United nations reconciliation
payment into an ATM VISA CARD to be deliver to you through UPS courier
and we have paid the delivery fee. We credited your fund into ATM VISA

CARD because of the numerous demand in international bank transfer
which you may not be able to meet up with and if you could not meet up
with the international wire transfer requirements, the money will go
into federal government treasury account, that is why we schedule to
deliver your $1.5M USD to you in ATM VISA CARD.

Like i stated above, the delivery charges has been paid, therefore the
only money you were advice to send to them is their official security
keeping fees of $30 USD per day. They refused to accept the security
keeping fee because they do not know when you are going to contact
them and the demurrage might have increased by then and i deposited
your ATM VISA CARD package on 5th of June 2017 therefore you should
contact them with the below contact information:

Company name; UPS Express Customer Service.
Logistic Manager: Mr. Brashaw Howell
Phone: Tel: 00229-952-596-34

Try to contact them today and also send them the security official
security keeping charge to avoid increasing of their fees and let me
know once you receive this your ATM VISA CARD.

Contact them today with your full information requested below:
Your Residence Home Address
Your Direct Phone / Cell

Try to indicate all this codes to them because it will prove that you
are the rightful person that own the ATM VISA CARD deposited in their

Shipment Code awb: 33xzs
ATM VISA CARD Registered Code No: Xgt442
Security Code: Sctc:2001dhx,567
Transaction Code: 233:cstc,101,33028
Certificate Deposit code: Sctc,bun.xxiv.7801
This is to avoid wrong delivery, do that urgent to avoid increase of
their keeping fees and let us know once you receive your ATM VISA

Yours sincerely,
Mr.Terry Dickson
Ecowas secretary

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