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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. Gabriel Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 07:14:17 -0700
Subject: Your ATM Cards Released


This is what you need to release your fund valued at USD $ 5.8 Million which will come to you via ATM Cards. Please do re-confirm your information as below to avoid wrong delivery. Forward your information to the delivery office here: ( and instruct them to send the card to you immediately.

Full Name (Receiver): _____,
Country of Resident: ______
Office / Home Street Address: _____
Nearest Airport: _____,
Mobile Phone Number: _____
Identification papers (Passport copy or ID card): _____

Thank you for your understanding and may God bless you.

Yours faithfully,
+229 6867-4072
Email: (

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