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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: Janet Yellen <>
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 02:36:31 -0700

Hello: Dear Beneficiary;

Good day!!!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your total fund of
$1.5 Million Dollars but I did not hear from you since then therefore
because of the impossibility of your fund transfer through Western
Union and Money Gram Office, I have credited your total sum of $1.5
Million into an ATM VISA CARD and I went and registered the ATM CARD
with FedEx Express Company for safety purpose meanwhile you are advice
to contact the FedEx Express company with your delivery address.

Note: I have paid for the shipping fee except their security keeping
charge which I wanted to pay them but they said no because they don't
know when you will contact them in case of demurrage.

The following is the Contact Information of the FedEx Express Customer
Service Director Mr. Chiedozie Agu, Email Address online:
( Tel:+229-523-915-31. Contact them
and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid
increase of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card.

Please I advice you to reconfirm your delivery address and forward to
the FedEx Express for immediate delivery:
(1) Your full name
(2) Your delivery address
(3) Your direct phone number, so that they will deliver your ATM Card
to your home address immediately.

Like I said earlier I have paid for the shipping fee except their
security keeping fee only.

Mrs. Janet Yellen

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