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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: "Mrs. Rita John." <>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2018 08:52:50 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your payment

My Dear Friend.

This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the re-activation fee and
the delivery of your ATM Card. I paid it because the ATM-0451 US$1.2MILLION
dollar, has less three weeks to expire and when it expires, the money will
divert and forfeited into Government purse (account).With that I decided to
help you pay the money so that, the ATM will not expire, because I know when
you get your ATM definitely you must pay me back my money and even help me out.

Now i want you to contact DHL Express company with your Full Contact
information’s so that they can deliver your Card to your designated address
without any delay. Like i stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid
but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. They refused
and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and
the demurrages might have being increase. They told me that their keeping fees
are $65 per day and I deposited it yesterday. Below is their contact

Company Name: DHL Express Shipping Company
Address: Zogbo porto novo, Benin Republic.
Email: ( )
Tel Phone: +229-69119925
Contact Person: Rev. Peter Johnson

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to
avoid adding of the security keeping fee of $65 dollar per day, please do
contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me know once
you receive your Card. Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your mailing
address and direct telephone number to them to avoid wrong delivery or any
mistake also send them their security keeping fee of US$65 today to avoid
increase of their keeping fees.

I registered it as a wedding gift and they don't know it contents valuable ATM
Master Card this is to avoid them delaying with the package. Don’t let them
know that it contents valuable material.



Mrs. Rita John.

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