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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. Richard Jews" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:17:20 +0100
Subject: Dear Customer,

Dear Customer,

I have registered your ATM CARD worth $3.5M USD with DHL Company here
in Republic of Nigeria with Package Number: DHLB/xxx/100. Be advised
to contact them with your delivery information such as, Your Full
Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:

Contact Mr. Terry James. DHL Manager

So you can contact them immediately. I am in India to look after my
health. Please indicate the registration Number and ask him how you
will be receiving your ATM CARD Remember to contact them with your
full information to avoid delivery.

Kindness Regards,
Mr. Richard Jews

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