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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 Larry <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 03:35:40 -0700
Subject: Your ATM package has been registered this morning for delivery
contact the company urgent,

Dear Friend.

I have registered your ATM CARD of $2.5million with FedEx Express
Delivery Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs,
ATM Card Registered Code No xgt442. Security Code
sctc/2001dhx/567/;Transaction Code233/cstc/101/33028/;Certificate
Deposit code; sctc/bun/xxiv/-78/01). please Contact with your delivery
information such as, Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone

FedEx Express Delivery Company
Name of Dir:Edward Mark Tony

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to
pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you can pay it and
receive your ATM package.

Best Regards,

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