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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: James Udo <>
Reply-To: James Udo <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 06:57:35 +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 $6.4million USD 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 UPS Courier Company for delivery so I want you to contact Ups Courier Company with your Full Contact information so that they can deliver your ATM 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. Reasons for their refusal are because they do not know when you are going to contact them.
They told me that their keeping fee is $35 per day, and I deposited it yesterday,
Below is their Contact Information's,
Contact Person: Dr
Kenneth Ifezuo
UPS Courier and Security Company
Email; ( )
Therefore Contact Today to avoid more increases of their keeping fees and let me know once
you receive your ATM CARD.
Waiting to hear from you as soon as you
received this ATM CARD
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. James Udo

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