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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: "Dr. Amanda Uku" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Amanda Uku" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 01:46:34 +0900 (JST)



Courage my dear, I know you will be waiting for the arrival of your ATM CARD which I was sending you an e-mail but it letter return back due to wrong e-mail address provided, I think there is a mistake in the address giving to me and that has cost me a lot of strength, but I thank God that it return back safely. The only things now is your urgent contact directly to ( DHL Courier Express Company) this company are in charge of delivering your ATM Card. here is there contact info.

(Director) Name= Dr.Michael Anno
E-mail;( )
PHONE NUMBER = +229 96395476

Be advised to reconfirm your address.

YOUR FULL NAME===========
YOUR COUNTRY================
HOME ADDRESS===============

For your information, the delivering charges of your ATM Card has been paid,and Clearance Certificate Fee showing that this transaction is legitimate and not a Drug Money or Terrorist money laundry to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country,The only money you will send to the Courier company to deliver your ATM CARD direct to your postal Address in your country is $120usd Only being their Security Keeping Fees of the DHL Courier Company so far. Again,Don't be deceive by anybody to pay any other money except $120usd I would have paid that but they said no,because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrages.You have to contact the DHL Express Courier Company manager for the delivery of your ATM CARD package with this information bellow and also call the Director Dr.Michael Anno with this number for urgent delivery As a matter of facts,make sure as the rightful beneficiary of the ATM CARD package of $15.4 million usd,you must contact them by indicating the code (ATM/201) to enable them deliver the ATM package as they have it in their record.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Amanda Uku (ESQ)

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