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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: UPS Freight Service Center New York <>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2023 22:34:58 +0100
Subject: Private and Confidential Matters

From: Nathan Weathers, the Officer in charge UPS,

UPS Freight Service Center New York,


My Name is Nathan Weathers, the officer in charge of UPS Delivery Express
Services here in New York. This is to inform you that we received a package
containing Capital One Bank ATM CARD valued at $10.5M (Ten Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars) as part of United Nation Compensation Funds from
Dr.Lael Brainard, one of the Federal Reserve Bank, Board of Governors and
former member United States under Secretary of the Treasury for
International Affairs from 2010 to 2013. We have been instructed by the
United Nation to deliver the package to you without any further delay.

The pin code and instructions on how to use the card will be sent to you so
when you get your parcel you will open it and then all other information is
there to assist you to start making use of the card in any ATM MACHINE near
you. Meanwhile I want to notify you that the delivery fee of your package
has been paid by the Capital One Bank, New York branch where your fund was
approved so you don't have to pay for any delivery fee again, The only
thing remaining right now is the Insurance Coverage/Wrap fee of $250 as the
Authorities have Authorized before your package will be delivered to you.

However the tracking number of your package will be issued to you as soon
as we receive the (insurance Coverage/Wrap) fee from you, so request for
information where you will make the payment of $250 for your Insurance
Coverage/Wrap fee to enable us deliver your ATM CARD to your address.

You are hereby advised to stop any form of communication with every other
person if you have been in contact with any, also remember that all you
will ever have to spend is $250 nothing more. We are also guaranteeing that
your ATM CARD will be successfully delivered to you before the next 48hrs
after confirmation receipt of the fee of $250.

Everything has been taken care of, including Taxes, Custom Paper and
Clearance Duty. So, all you will ever need to pay is $250.

Note that we can’t take the risk of delivering your package to you without
insuring it because we can’t afford to pay for any loss and also it is a
criminal offense here in the United States and against the Insurance law,
that's why you will make the payment for your Insurance Coverage/Wrap.

Please kindly reconfirm the following details below to avoid any wrong

1. Your Full Name:
2. Delivery Address:
3. Your direct Cell/Whatsapp Number:
4. A copy of your ID:

5. Your Occupation:
6. Your Nearest Airport:

Be advised that I will send you the copy of your ATM CARD and my ID when we
receive your details. Also, Capital One Bank will send you a guarantee
letter and other documents to reassure you that it is real and legitimate
only if you are ready to make the payment.

Waiting for your urgent reply.


Mr. Nathan Weathers,

UPS Freight Service Center New York

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