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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:

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:44:00 +0100
Subject: YOUR ATM MASTER CARD Contact E-mail:(

We have registered your ATM MASTER CARD of US ($92.55M)with DHL
Courier Company with the registration code of (Shipment Code awb33xzs)
please kindly Contact them with your full delivery information such as
follows to enable you to receive your ATM MASTER CARD in two working
days from the DHL Courier Company department as well.

Your Full Name....
Your Full Address......
Your Telephone Number.........
Your Passport copy............
Your Age............
Your Occupation...........

Name of Director: Mr. Michael Williams
Call me: +229-51347226
Contact E-mail:(

Best Regard
Mr. Richard Mark

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