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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 Rahman Paul Davis <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 07:03:50 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend


I want to acknowledge you that we have finally succeeded in getting
your ATM CARD worth's of $3.7 million out of (ECO ) Economic Community
of States department with the help of Mr. James George Attorney
General of Federal High Court of Justice Sirrea lone Republic which
act as your foreign Attorney representative here .

Meanwhile every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with
the Agent joaquim levy for the delivery of your ATM CARD and every
Document guiding your delivery is well updated so you are advised to
reconfirm your full delivery information to the Agent joaquim levy
right now as he is currently at ORLANDO International Airport with
your ATM CARD. He has already called me with his number on his arrival
4hours ago.

He is waiting to hear from you today with the information. The
Diplomatic Agent joaquim levy does not know that the content of the
ATM CARD is $3.7 Million and on no circumstances should you let him
know the content. The consignments were moved from here as India
Cloths, so never allow him to open the box on OK.

He is waiting to hear from you today with the information, So you are
advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to the diplomat
more you are
advice to be very fast as the Agent joaquim levy has no time to waste
due to his flight ticket. So the Information you are required to
reconfirm to the
Agent joaquim levy is as Follow.

Full Name==================
Mobile Phone Number========
Nearest Airport ===========
Current Home Address=======
your Occupation============
Fax Number=================
Passport/Drivers license===

Kindly Contact Him and the Contact Person,
Name Diplomatic Agent joaquim levy
Email( )


Best Regards

Mr Rahman Paul Davis

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