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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: "Mrs.Guilloteau Maryline" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 17:51:37 +0100
Subject: Dearly Beloved In Christ

Attn My Dear,

This is to inform you that your Compensation Payment worth of
(US$8.500,000.00)by the United Nations here in USA, has been converted into
ATM Master Card to free it from expiring. And I have registered your ATM
Card with the UPS EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY for them to deliver it to your
home within 48 hours and we agreed that the delivering of your ATM CARD
Package will take off as soon as you contact them with your full address
where your ATM Card will be delivered to you.

Your Full Name
Home or Office Address
Home, office or Cell Phone Number

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery Fee, except their Security Keeping
Fee of US$145 which they said it can only be paid when the Deposits is
ready for shipment to the Receiver. Please indicate the registration Number
(Shipment Code FLK 33xzs) to enable them know that you are the right person.

Contact E-mail : (
Contact Person: Dr Shylock Dickson
Phone Number: +229 61 280 053

Please do not let the Courier company to know the real content of the
package, I registered it as Plate Disk so please do not let them know that
the Package contain ATM Card.

Let me know as soon as you contact the Courier Company.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Guilloteau Maryline,

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