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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:

Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2021 11:16:10 +0100
Subject: ATM CARD

Good day friend,

Good day my dear friend, how are you? Longest time, I'm happy to
inform you about my success in getting those inheritance funds
transfer under the cooperation of a new partner from Chile. Presently
I'm in India foreign investment projects with my own share of the
total sum, mean while I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts
to assist me in transferring those inheritance funds even although it
failed us some how, Now contact my secretary in Lomé Togo west Africa,

Her name is Mrs.Betty Wright at her email
address( ask her to send you the total sum
of ($950,000.00), Nine hundred and Fifty thousand United States
dollars which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts
and attempts to assist me in the transaction. I greatly appreciated
your efforts at that time. So feel free and contact my secretary Mrs.
Betty Wright and instruct her where to send you the ATM CARD of the
total sum ($950,000.00). Please let me know immediately when you
receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at
that time .

At this moment I'm very busy here because of the investment projects
that I'm having with my new partner, finally remember that I had
forwarded instructions to my secretary on your behalf to receive the
ATM CARD, so feel free to get in touch with Mrs. Betty Wright, she
will send the amount to you with out any delay.

Best regards,
Charles Anderson

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