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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: "Ms. Mary Sommer" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:40:32 +0700
Subject: Your ATM CARD


We have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $8.5, USD through
the national DHL company. We were able to accomplish this through the help
of IMF director John Andy and every necessary arrangement has been made
successfully with the National DHL Agent Mr. Nicolas Abata

Contact person: Mr. Nicolas Abata
Telephone: +2348062455365

Contact the DHL agent with your delivery information, your phone number,
address, city, nearest airport and your receiver's name. and also be
informed that delivery agent will leave to this country as soon as you
have proceed with the DHL requirement for your funds deliver,

Re-Confirm Your Delivery details via the gaps below.
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:
8. A scanned copy of your Identification

Ms. Mary Sommer

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