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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: Texas Texas <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:26:41 -0700
Subject: TEXT OR CALL +1 513 438 2513 OR EMAIL



I'm Diplomatic Agent MR john william ;I have been trying to reach you
on your Email about

Some hours now,just to inform you about my successful arrival at ohare
International Airport

chicago ,with your ATM CARD worth $30.8million USD, which I have been
instructed by DHL

DELIVERY COMPANY to be delivered

to you,

Meanwhile you are advice to

reconfirm the below information

upon contacting me to avoid

delivery to wrong person.

1- Your Full Name
2- Your Delivery Address
3- Your Contact Telephone Number
4- Your Occupation


MR john william

Email:( )

TEXT OR CALL +1 513 438 2513 OR EMAIL

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