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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. James William" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 01:27:04 +0100

This to inform you about the current economic meltdown world wide
compensation by (UN) and Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS)
Org,in which you are one of them to receive this compensation valued of

The whole funds were loaded into an ATM Card, and registered as a package
with DHL delivery Company. Contact Hon, Mr. Anthony J Martial. The DHL
Director to know when your package will arrive. Provide your delivery
details such as,

Your Name.............Your address..........Your phone no.........Your
nearest International airport......

Your sincerely
Mr. James William


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