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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: "Mrs. Anna Nduka" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 14:49:43 -0700
Subject: Urgent contact him for your ATM card

Attn: Dear

I have registered your fund of $3.5million usd in ATM CARD with the
payment representative coordinator Mr David Micah, your registration
code of (DCJKT00678G). Pin code of the ATM card is 9994, DHL Tracking
Number will be forward to you immediately Contact with your delivery
information such as, Your Name, Your Address ID CARD COPY and Your
Telephone Number:

Name: Mr David Micah
TEL: +229-65977349

Mrs. Anna Nduka

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