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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: "Rev. George Lawson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:48:19 -0700
Subject: HELLO


We have finally concluded and agreed to effect your fund via an international Global ATM Card as best way to receive your funds in any nearest ATM machine in your city, based on the agreement with ATM department director, you will receive your ATM Card however, the below information is needed as to enable the profiling of your card and it delivery to you:

Full name:
Home address:
Direct phone number:

Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.

Thank you.
George Lawson

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