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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:

Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 01:52:21 +0100

Dear Beneficiary,Ref: FJD /DHL/STB,
We have sent you several emails without reply from you,are you still alive?A man from Mexico contacted our office stating that you give him order to claim your funds on your behalf. Your email was given to this office in respect of your total inherited/compensation sum owed to you which you have failed to claim because of either non-compliance of official processes or because of your unbelief of the reality of your genuine payment.You are hereby notified that your Inheritance/Contract Payment of Five million United States Dollars (5,000,000,00) has been approved to be made to you through UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA ATM Visa Card.The total funds due to you will be processed and programmed into an ATM Cash card that will be dispatched to your designated address Through DHL COURIER SERVICE.Your ATM CARD can be assess in any ATM Stand/location worldwide at the maximum rate of $5,000.00 USD dollars per day.

Your ATM VISA CARD has been registered for delivery this morning, you are
subjected to respond to this email and provide us with the following requirements to enable us commence action in processing the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD immediately to your designated address. Contact us at.


Your Full Name:
Your Country:
Your State:
Your City:
Your Cell Phone Number:
Your Delivery Address:
Your Current Occupation:
Your age and Sex
Your Next Of Kin Name:
Your Next Email Address:

The use of the ATM Cash card is to by-pass the rigorous documentations that has resulted in the delays and demands for obnoxious fees by corrupt officials of government and ensure that you receive your due payment expeditiously.We require your maximum co-operation and understanding to proceed with this arrangement which has been designed to favor you.

Yours faithfully.
From Hon Sylvester.

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