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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: "Sharon Bisset" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:05:57 +0200
Subject: The Truth about Your ATM Debit Card

Swift Logistics, LLC
2200 S. 75th Avenue 0124
Miami FL

Dear beneficiary,

I wish to inform you now about the good news we have just received from the Bank,the bank have accepted to Open a new Domiciliary account and effect payment of your inheritance funds into it and will now be sending an ATM CARD attached to the Visa account to your address in your city from which you can now be able to withdraw your funds at a daily limit of 10,000 Dollars per day until the total sum of 3.4Million Dollars is withdrawn.

I need to hear from you for confirmation of your acceptance and to also re-confirm your full delivery address and telephone number. then they will send you a copy of the ATM Card and the cost of sending it by special delivery speed post. A tracking number will also accompany the card so that you can be able to track it untill it arrives in your city safely.

Please Reconfirm The Following Information For Your Delivery.

(1) Your name........... (2) Your phone number............. (3) Your complete address............. (4) Nearest airport to your address............. (5) Your Occupation................

Sharon Bisset
Swift Flight Logistic ( Courier Company )

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