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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: Dr martins <>
Reply-To: Dr martins <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 22:58:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day and compliments to you

Good day and compliments to you. we have receive your message concerning your DHL Courier and Shipping Card which we have confirmed the receipt of your mail and we am hereby Acknowledge to informed you that your $8.5M ATM Card has to be Converted and carried among-st batch CAC-52 schedule for delivery to your address which you send to the above ATM office,so please we urge you to try your best and pay for the posting fee which is $450 enable our office that is in responsible for your posting to post it immediately because the reason why your card is still in our office is because of the posting fee and i promise that once the fee is made we will post it immediately without any further delay
payment information for the posting of your card

receivers name mamadou cisse
country name Benin Republic
City Name Cotonou
Amount $350
Mean of payment money gram or
alternatively western union

Dr Jeff Martins
+1(321) 295-8809

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