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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 <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:46:35 +0100
Subject: My Dear Good Friend,

Dear good friend,

I hereby officially inform you that because of the impossibility of
your fund transfer through the western union network. For that reason
your funds valued at the sum of Us$1.5 Million, have been credited to
an ATM MASTER CARD, and I have personally paid for the processing and
the delivery of the ATM Card on your behalf. Considering the terms and
conditions of the UPS Delivery services, until the delivery charges
are paid, your ATM Card package cannot be registered for delivery, so
I decided to make the payment on your behalf. Therefore, you need to
contact them asap for the delivery of your package.

I decided to help you pay off the delivery charges so that your funds
cannot be reverted to the Federal Government treasury account. I trust
that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you must pay me back
and also, compensate me for helping you. Now I want you to contact UPS
Express via email address: {}, re-confirm your
address where you would want the package to be delivered to you.

Like I stated earlier, the credit, delivery and the company
registration charges have been paid by me, but I did not pay their
security storage fees since they refused, and the 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 presently, the security
storage is $155 only, and to avoid accumulation of more charges you
should endeavour to contact them between now, and the next 4-days.

Below is the Contact Information of the UPS Express Customer Service:

Director: Mr. Mike William

Contact them urgently and make sure you send them the security fee of
$155 as mentioned above, and let me know once you have received your
ATM card. Important Notice: Your ATM CARD package was registered as a
gift therefore, the diplomatic Agent does not know the content thereof
for security reasons.

Mr. Ben Edward

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