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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 Chidera Nkem <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 22:34:51 -0700
Subject: Contact DHL Express Immediately!!

This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid there activation fee and
the delivery of your compensation of ATM MASTER CARD as scam victims
compensation. And I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD ($15.5Million us
dollars) is about to expire and when it expires, the money will go into
Government purse. With that I decided to help you pay the money so that,
the Atm Card will not expire, because I know when you get your ATM MASTER
CARD definitely you must pay me back my
money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact DHL Express Office with your Full Contact
information’s so that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your
designated address without any delay. Like I stated earlier, the delivery
charges has been paid but I did not pay their official keeping fees since
they refused.

They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to
contact them and demurrage might have increase. They told me that their
keeping fee is $25.00 per day and I deposited it Monday

Below is their Contact Information’s
Contact Person: Mr. Matthew Monger
DHL Express Office
Email: (
once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.

Mrs Chidera Nkem

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