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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: "Marcus Stansberry" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 01:51:23 -0800
Subject: Treat urgently

Dear beneficiary

With respect to the foregoing business matter regarding the final
release and subsequent transfer of your approved payment valued at the
sum of $4,700,000.00 USD via ATM Card, I write to officially inform
you that your payment order by Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card
System has been successfully processed and the US$4,700,000.00 has
been loaded into an ATM Card Hence, in compliance with the Payment
Procedure of the BARCLAYS BANK, you are expected to settle in full a
"Processing/Shipping Fee" estimated to the value of US$ $100 USD
before final delivery of funds can be effected to your designated

You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of $5,000.00 USD is
permitted on withdrawal per day with a minimum of $1000 per
withdrawal and we are duly inter switched, meaning you can make
withdrawal in any location and ATM Center of your choice. We have
concluded delivery arrangement with DHL COURIER SERVICE, to be fully
insured by Nice Insurance Corporation. In view of this development,
you are requested to immediately offset the Courier and Insurance
charges of $100 USD through the Company given payment instruction as
follows to enable the receiving company insure and deliver the card to
your address. ( )

You can buy iTunes gift card worth of $100 to settle the charge to avoid delays.

Marcus Stansberry

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