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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.Yukiyoshi Ohyatsu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:37:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Notification on your $950,000.00 ATM Card

I would like to let it be known that in a meeting held by the International Monetary Fund in Affiliation with the World Bank, it has been agreed that a compensation of $950,000.00 has been approved in your name.
This Compensation program was organized to all the people who had unfinished transaction in any part of the world.Your email Address was drawn automatically through an email ballot machine, that is why you are qualified to receive the above mentioned compensation payment.
Your compensation payment of $950,000.00 has been loaded into a ATM Card which will be delivered to you in person.Contact our Zonal Coordinator on (
Full Name:
Home Address:
Telephone Number:
Mr.Yukiyoshi Ohyatsu

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