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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. Patricia Joyce butler" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 00:43:29 -0800
Subject: Ref; In respect of your valid ATM CARD with U.P.S 2023

Attn: Dear Beneficiary,

I am the UPS head branch secretary general; I received an email alert from our branch in Lagos in regard to your package which has been with them for a long time and the international shipping agent in charge planned to return your package to the federal ministry of finance of Nigeria. The total amount in your ATM CARD is $10.5 million usd and this includes the interest rate up till date. The ATM CARD was programmed to have access globally which allows you to make withdrawals or transactions in any part of the world.

It seems you don't want to show any seriousness towards the shipment of your package. That's why he wants to return it but he needs permission from me first before he will return the package. I ordered him to stop and I also assured him that I will make sure I talk to you over this before he can then return the package if you show no seriousness. In regard to your ATM CARD package which is worth $10.5 million USD I will help you and make sure you receive it, and my investigation shows you have spent a lot of money recently in regard to this package.

So, my friend, I will be putting up the delivery agent email address for you to contact him immediately and stay in touch with him to deliver the package to you, the delivery agent's name is David Deemer and he's currently in the United States with your package. Sorry we didn't abandon you rather the delivery agent in charge of the delivery of your ATM CARD had an accident late last year so it automatically put a hold on all delivery he had to make, but he's better now and you can email him immediately with his email address;, to remind him of your ATM CARD in his possession but please remember you will have to do just 2 things when you email him, identify yourself with your full names, telephone number, home address and a copy of your ID for proper identification and then you will have to pay his flight ticket down to your place that's all you are required to do unless you're lucky to be in same city with him, but be rest assured that's all you will take car
e of and nothing more, no

Have a wonderful day!

Best regards,

Mrs. Patt Joyce butler

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