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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: "Ben Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 12:42:28 -0700

Attention: Dear Beneficiary,
This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through the western union network, we have credited your total of Us$3.5Million valid fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I have paid the Processing fee and the delivery of the ATM Card for you, I paid it because the ATM Card worth of US$3,500,000.00 has already been deposited to the UPS Delivery Company. Therefore, you will have to contact them asap for the delivery.
We decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM Card will not expire or called back into Federal Government treasury account because, I trust that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you. Now I want you to contact UPS Express at: { } with your physical address you desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any delay.
Like I stated earlier, the crediting, delivery and the company registration charges has been paid by me, but I did not pay their security keeping fees since they refused reason, is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the demurrage might have increased by then, They told me that their security keeping fees is $98 only.
Below is the Contact Information of the UPS Express Customer Service:
Director Mr Mike William
Email:{ }
Telephone: +229 96906888
Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card. Important Notice: Your ATM CARD package was registered as a gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the content of your package okay.
Mr. Ben Edward.
Office Administrator

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