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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:

Reply-To: Mr John Mithew <>
Subject: USA

Attention Dear

This notice is to inform you that federal government of United States American
has approve Diplomatic Butler John to deliver your full compensation fund of
$10.5 million USD through ATM Master Card

The arrangement have been made so you are to feel free in contacting
Diplomatic John Mithew with the details blow information To avoid wrong
Delivery of your ATM Master Card

and In Order to deliver your compensation fund of $10.5 million USD
without any further delay.
1. Your Full Name....................
2. Your Telephone No..........
3. Your Country......................
4. Your Home Address...................

You have to contact the number (+) 1(209)-265-1592

Regards Mr John Mithew Pompeo.
Email address (

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