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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 frank edoo <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr frank edoo <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:44:49 +0900 (JST)



This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the courier charges and the
delivery of your ATM CARD.

I paid it because the ATM CARD worth USD$6.8M
has less three weeks and four days to expire and when it expires the money will
go into Government reserve.

With that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM CARD will not
expire, because I know when you get your ATM CARD definitely you must
compensate me. Now your ATM CARD has been deposited with DHL Courier Company
for delivery so I want you to contact DHL Courier Company with your Full
Contact information so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your designated
address without any delay.

Your Full Name:...
Home Address:.....
Phone Number:.....

Like I stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay
their official keeping fees since they refused. Reasons for their refusal are
because they do not know when you are going to contaCT

Contact Person: MR frank edoo
DHL Delivery Service
Tel: +229~98850834

Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid mistake on the delivery.

I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it to them again
to avoid any mistake in the delivering including with your ID or Picture.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive the package box contains US$6.8
MILLION .US dollar

Ask Mr.FRANK Edoo DHL Courier Company Director How you Can Send to Them There
Official Security Keeping Fees Which Is Only $130 dollar.only 150 i said.ok

Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once you
receive your ATM CARD.

The General Payment
Contractor of Federal REPUBLIC OF BENIN REP.

informations for the fee


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