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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: "John Emerson" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:04:37 -0700
Subject: Delivery Notice

This is to bring your notice that,I have paid the re_activation fee and the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD,I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD 5.5 million United State Dollars {5.5,000,000USD} inside has less than three days to expire and when it expires,the money inside will go in to government purse.with that i decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM MASTER CARD will not expire,because I know that when you get your ATM MASTER CARD definitely you must pay me back for helping you.

Now i want you to send your full delivery information

Your Full Name:
Your country:
Your home address
Your Tel phone number
include your ID Card

to UPS delivery company so that they can deliver your ATM card The only thing you have to pay is the keeping fee charges,which is $355 only without any further fee as directed by the IMF{Internation Monetary Funds}.

Contact; Atttorney James Morgan
ups delivery company
Phone number:5094986315
Email Address:

ATM CARD; Federal Republic of Benin West Africa

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