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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: "Mr. Eric A. Allen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:03:45 +0200
Subject: Treat As Urgent !!!


Dear Beneficiary ,

The sum of $1.5 million. out of your over due total sum has been approved for payment through ATM cash
card system after all attempts to pay you through bank, and diplomatic courier failed. The approved sum has
been programmed into the ATM cash card which will be dispatched to you through your address upon
reconfirmation. I have made several attempts to contact you and this is the 3rd and perhaps the last email to
you in respect to this matter. Meanwhile, I received a power of attorney from one CAROLYN MASSENGILL LEE
from USA with the attached Credentials purportedly issued by you asking us to change the fund beneficiary to
her name hence we are seeking for your confirmation as soon as possible.

To this end, you should Kindly Re-confirm these information to me.

(1) Your Full Names:-
(2) Address:-
(3) Your Phone Numbers:-
(4) Valid Identification:-

NOTE: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is just $105.00 nothing more and no hidden fees of any
sort! Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working
hours. Because I am very sure of everything I am giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not
receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.

Office Email:-
Office Line :- +1 (972) 643-8050
Call During Office Hours 08:00AM-04:30PM

Mr. Eric A.Allen

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