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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: "Mr. Frank Apple" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 03:13:38 +0100
Subject: Greetings Beneficiary !!!

Greetings Beneficiary !!!

I am Mr. Frank Apple the special assigned delivery Agent from White
House Washington DC USA, I want to acknowledge you that i have finally
succeeded in getting your package worth's of Fifteen Million Seven
Hundred United States Of Americans Dollars, {US$15.7000.000.00usd} out
of ECOWAS department with the help of Mrs.Janet M, DiFiore Attorney
General of Federal High Court of Justice.

You're advised to reconfirm your current home address to me
immediately as i am currently at TWA Hotel nine to ten minutes, {1.9}
miles to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Via JFK
Expressway, You have to mail me back with your nearest airport so i
will proceed immediately with your fund in consignment box possibly

(Full name).................
(Phone Number)..............
(Your Age...................
(ID copy)...................
(Your Occupation)...........
(Nearest Airport)...........

I'm waiting to hear from you with your requested details to enable me
complete the delivery of your fund in the consignment box to your
provided Home Address.

Remember text me on +1(309) 425-1060
Regard, Mrs.Madeleine Albright
Special Assigned Delivery Agent
White House Washington DC USA

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