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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 Diana Water" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 07:29:22 +0100

I have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $4.5millions usdollars through agent John Martins and We were able to accomplish this through the help of IMF director Mrs Julie Philip and every necessary arrangement been made successfully with the National Delivery Agent. Contact person: Dr John Marthins Tel : 2536559508 E-mail: (
Contact him with your delivery informations bellow,
Your name:..........
Phone number:.......
Nearest airport ....
International passport or photograph.

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay
is Security fee $120dollars only. Please indicate the registration Number.

Best Regards,
Mrs Diana Water


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