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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: Elozabeth James <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:58:27 +0000

Attn:Payment Notification,

This is to bring your notice that,I have paid the re_activation fee
and the delivery of your atm master card,I paid it because the ATM
MASTER CARD code is 8119 and the US$2.5 Million inside the card has
less than 6 Months fifteen days to expire,and when it expires the
money inside will go into the government purse.

with that i have decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM
MASTER CARD will not expire,because I know that when you get your ATM
MASTER CARD definitely you must pay me back my money and even
compensate me for helping you.Now i want you to contact UPS DELIVER
COMPANY with your full delivery information's such as.

Your Full Name:...........................
Your Country:.............................
Your Home Address:........................
Your Tel Phone Number:....................
include your ID Card:.....................

so that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your designated home
address without any more i stated early the delivery
charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping charges
since they refused,and they did it because they do not know when you
are going to contact them and the demurrage might have increase,they
told me that their keeping charges is $25 ,per day and i deposited it
been the 23th of February 2021.

Call him as soon as you receive this email.

Below is their contact Information's.

Contact person: Mr.Oliver Anderson
Phone number: +229-60407093

contact them today to avoid increase of their official keeping fee.and
let me know once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.


Mrs.Elizabeth James

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