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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.Thomas Woods." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 15:59:00 +0100
Subject: [GSN Suspected Spam] Attn: Your Charity Awarded Foundation ATM card.


My name is Thomas Woods new appointed Director UPS Courier Service regular delivery Head Office Arlington TX United State, i assumed this office on the 29th,March 2018 after going through the files of the previous records i discovered that there are six parcels containing ATM cards each one attached with an email address of the owner on it but the former appointee of this office (Richard Moore Jr.) failed to carry out the delivery as it was instructed and programmed probably one of his reasons for not carrying out the delivery was that you could not provide your delivery address and other information's to him for the completion of the shipment as he remarked.

According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited by one Senior Evangelist Mathew Peterson who died last year as a charity foundation parcel to each of the six of you. On the statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned ATM cards contains the sum of US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) which he found your email contacts as reputable and capable persons that can use the charity awarded ATM Cards to change the lives of people.

Meanwhile, i've made the necessary arrangement to deliver successfully the awarded six parcels ATM Card to each and everyone of you through our regular delivery UPS Courier Service Office to your respective mailing addresses, am also sending the same message of the same content to other five abandoned ATM CARDS each at the same time. If you found this message in your spam folder it could be due to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) so move the message to your inbox before you reply.

I reported the issue of the discovered six ATM cards to the management board for verification and they gave me the veto power to carry out the delivery immediately you send your mailing address and other information's to this office in order to deliver the ATM CARD directly to you after postal stamp endorsement on the parcel.

Please note, the below information's are officially needed for the delivery of your ATM CARD ASAP.

Full name:-------------------------------------
Full mailing Address:--------------------------
Your cell phone No:----------------------------
Nearest Airport:-------------------------------

We shall deliver your ATM Card once you update us with the above information's and you shall be given a tracking number to enable you track your parcel ATM Card online to know the exact time it will arrive at your destination address.

I shall look forward to receiving your immediate response.

Mr.Thomas Woods
Director UPS Courier Service
E-mail: (

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