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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: "FBI- Dallas Area Division" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:02:10 -0700
Subject: From Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

                                   Federal Bureau of Investigation
                              Intelligence Field Unit Dallas Fortworth
                                   International Airport, Texas.
I am contacting you personally and not officially to notify you of our discovery as well as get some facts from you. Recently we intercepted a package containing cash and ATM CARD from a Peruvian Citizen who works with the custom office here in Dallas Fortworth International Airport, Texas bearing your name on it as the beneficiary and the owner of the card. However the  entire parcel containing the proof of claim of ownership which includes 4 digit secret PIN
The FBI has deposited your package with the ATM card in ASSOCIATED BANK to help you process and deliver it to you, below is the information of the bank as you contact them for the release of your fund:
Contact Person: Ms. Lori King
Director: ATM Card Unit
Best Regards,
Agent Matthew J. DeSarno,
Assistant Special Agent Incharge
FBI- Dallas Area Division.

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