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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: "Mrs. Theresa Fedi" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Theresa Fedi" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:48:52 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your ATM

Your ATM was returned to us this morning by delivery Courier Company FedEx to
cancel it.
They stated clearly that the ATM has over stayed with them and since you have
refused to comply with
the delivery fee as directed that we should cancel your ATM worth of $10.5m.
Contact me back through my email Or Call me here:
+229 69452343
Ngo Ngozi

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