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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. Frank William," <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 00:29:54 -0800
Subject: the delivery of your ATM Card

This is to Inform you that ATM Card Number:(4278763100030014) worth
USD$10.5M has been accredited to you.Contact Mr Frank William with
your Official Name,Country,Zip Code,Mailing
Address,Age,Sex,Occupation,Tel:#, on ( for
the delivery of your ATM Card,Call me with this +2348135368796

Remember that this person has received his parcel and is enjoying his
benefit now.
Tracking Number: 811323937114
Tracking: 812316628079
Tracking: 812316628300

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