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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: "Mico Lawson" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:37:04 -0700
Subject: Contact the courier company

Attention: Beneficiary

Due to the US and UK Government arrangement with the World Bank and the
United Nations , African image has been destroyed by the Scam /
Fraudulent Government Officials, the World Bank and the United Nation
are Paying all the Scam victims US$1,500,000 as compensation.

So therefore, your Name and email address are among the first batch of
500 beneficiary that are to benefit the US$1,500,000 each, and it has
been made available through ATM Master Card, and it has been forwarded
to TOPCHRONO COURIER EXPRESS for the onward shipment to your address.

Furthermore, You are to contact the TOPCHRONO COURIER EXPRESS through the below email
address and your Name and address to them, this will enable them ship the ATM Master Card
to your address.

Below is the courier company contact information:

Contact Name: Reuben Honfo

Contact them Immediately with your Compensation Identification Parcel
Number: FEDGOV042, as well as your Name and full Address, You should
quote the Number when contacting them to avoid embarrassment.

Thanks for your Understanding and patience.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Mico Lawson

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