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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: "Lewis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:37:26 +0100

Confirm Receipt of this mail with Ref. NO: 422 C/MCA, Batch: 884/54.

This is an official notification to you by the board of trustees of Gmail Partner Awareness Team as one of the 10 Lucky recipients awarded an ATM VISA Card of $3.7 Million Us Dollars for your personal business and community development. and you are one of the lucky recipients.


(i) Your Full Name::::
(ii) Your Age::::
(iii) Your Occupation::::
(iv) Your Delivery Address::::
(v) Your Tel::::
(vi) Your Email::::
(vii)Your Nationality:::::
Email the following Above details to: ( )

You are required to Contact Gmail Corporation Board for the documentation and processing of your Award.

Kindly Contact ATM CARD Agent:
Contact: Mr. Peter Walter.
Gmail general counsel and executive president of Gmail.
Email the following details Above to: ( )
Tel Line: ( +229 9139 6882 )

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