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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.John Mike" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 22:37:03 -0700
Subject: Greetings

I am Mr John Mike The White House Delivery Agent.I am writing to inform you
about your Consignment Box Worth the sum of $2.6million USD brought by
the United States Embassy from the government
of Malaysia in Tampa Florida.The Consignment Box Have Been Mandated
to be delivered to your address as soon as you get back to me with The
Following Details

Your phone number…………..?
Your current home address……?
Your full name…………………?
Next of kin................?
get back to Me Once You Read Off My Email.
+1(904) 675-7991

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