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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: Usman Shamshudeen <>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2021 23:18:51 +0100
Subject: Hello.


Take Note that A Decision was taking Today By the Board Members And
Directors That your over due payment/Inheritance/Contract Fund valued
at $3.7 Million Will be Released to you On A Special Method
Payment.via ATM master debit card OR key telex transfer (KTT) direct
wire transfer,You Are to contact with your information immediately.
Full name,Address,Phone,age,occupation to claim your funds.

Waiting to hear from you soon
Tell: +234-808-206-5450
Usman Shamshudeen

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