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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. Godwin Ikem." <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:55:39 +0100
Subject: Re: Contact Diplomat Ali White For Your Atm Card 1(213) 493-6042).

Attention Dear Friend.

How are you doing today, Honestly, I wish to inform you that I have
paid for the delivery fee of your Atm Card also with the activation
fee and the diplomatic agent in charge delivery depart today, I paid
it because the ATM CARD-0451, Contents $2.8M USD, has spent sometimes
here to avoid the increasing of the keeping fee and to avoid
transferring into Government purse (account).

Because of that I decided to help you pay of the fees that need to pay
here so that our Diplomat Mr. Ali White will start making your
delivery immediately, therefore remember to give him the money on his
way coming back ok, when he reaches your house both of you will go
together to the Atm Machine around your area and make withdraw with
your Card to enable you pay the sum of $480.00, I pay on behalf of you
here ok.

Note that you have to contact Diplomat Mr. Ali White, now he departs
and also reconfirm your Full Contact information to him, so he will
know that you are the right owner of the ATM CARD, because he departs
from Benin in the morning, so he will arrive to your country at any
moment and the only money you can send to him is U.S CUSTOM CLEARANCE
fee of $186.00,to clear your Atm Package in your country Airport

Below is the Contact Information of Diplomat Mr. Ali White, who has
departed for your delivery, try to contact him with your request
details for him to be sure you are the right owner to receive the Atm
Card ok, you can text him a message from your phone to this number
here. 1(213) 493-6042). Contact him with the information here.

Contact Person: Diplomat Mr. Ali White.
Email: (
Telephone No: 1(213) 493-6042).

Contact him today to avoid him miss your address ok, this is the
information you can send to him.

1. Your Full Name:....
2. Your Address:......
3. Your Phone Number: ...
4. Your Country:........
5. Your Occupation:....
6. Your City:.......
7. Your Age:........

Let me repeat again, try to contact him as soon as you receive this
email to avoid any further delay and remember to text him a message to
his phone number as below 1(213) 493-6042). Note that the only money
you can pay is the Clearance Certificate Fee to clear your Atm Package
and proceed to your home address, I am waiting for your urgent reply
as soon as you receive your Atm Card ok, Contact Mr. Ali White with
this here,( or text him 1(213) 493-6042).
Thank you.

Note you have to contact Diplomat Ali White, with this Email Address
here (

Mr. Godwin Ikem.
Re: Contact Diplomat Ali White For Your Atm Card 1(213) 493-6042).

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