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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. David Christopher" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:22:51 -0300
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary

Your ATM Card that worth $ 12.5 million dollars has been approved
to delivered to you through via FedEx company and it has been
deposited with FedEx shipping company this morning for registration, and
we agreed that your ATM Card Package will take off tomorrow morning. So
contact them with your full info where your ATM card will be delivered

(1) Full name ---------
(2) Direct telephone number ------
(3) Country -------
(4) Delivery address -----------
(5) City -------------------
(6)Nearness airport ---------------

Here is the deposit information below

Director Name: Mr. Benjamin Moore
Director Email: <>
Office email: <>
Phone: +1 (802) 266-1692
Deposit Code: (# FedEx # 0995)

Urgent contact them today with your full address where your ATM card
will be delivered The amount in your Card is $ 12.5 Million and yours
Pin code is: (0085).

The only Money you will pay to them is their Security Keeping fee, I for
pay the security keeping fee but they told me they did not know how
it will be accumulated before you contact them. because the security
keeping fee will be increasing every day. so i will advise you to
them as soon as you receive this email to avoid much charges.

Your Sincerely
Mr. David Christopher

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