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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: Fiona McBain <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 16:25:54 +0100

Dear Sir,

I regret and apologise for the late response, it's because of the
issue i told you i'm having with my husband, he seized my phone again,
i managed to retrieve it to send this email, my correspondence with
you might be slow and inconsistent sometimes because i hide to send
you emails because he monitors me always.I viewed the documents but
the 3rd file couldn't download, are you giving me your word and
assurance 100% that once i pay the $8,850 dollars the compensation
fund ATM card will be delivered to the address i gave you in
Australia? and that i can be using the ATM card to be withdrawing cash
at any ATM in Australia? can i transfer money from the ATM card to my
Australian bank accounts? can i use the ATM card at POS machines in
stores? and remember i told you the delivery agent has to wait for me
at the security post at my apartment entrance and call my apartment
intercom so i can meet him there, i don't want him coming inside
because i wouldn't like my husband to meet him, i hope there won't be
problems when i try to withdraw money from the ATM with the card? the
limit i can transfer from my account once is $5000 dollars so i will
need you to send another account details so i can split the money in

If you get the money today or tomorrow can the agent leave Nigeria
with the ATM card tomorrow? reply all questions and give me assurance,
once you reassure me and send the account details i will transfer the
$8,850 today or tomorrow.

Anticipating your reply.


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