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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: DHL Courier Express Company <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 02:49:49 -0700
Subject: Text Me For Your ATM Package in USA,Telephone line: +1(540) 924-1224


Please this Agent Donald Parker and this about your ATM MASTER CARD
values of US$10.5 from United bank of Africa (UBA bank) Nigeria as a
compensation from Government and every Document guiding your delivery
is well updated so you are advice to re-confirm your full delivery
information to me right now as am currently at Shenandoah Valley
Regional Airport Virginia (USA) with your ATM CARD, because i
misplaced your delivery address which i had.

So you are advice to reconfirm your full delivery information to me as
the diplomat and call me with this number or Text me SMS with your
full information: +1(540) 924-1224, to have easy conversation with me
and to enable you give me full direction to get your ATM CARD
delivered to you and hand you over your ATM CARD safe and sound,
Furthermore you are advice to be very fast as i Donald Parker has no
time to waste due to my flight ticket,

So the Information you are required to reconfirm to the me is as Follow.

(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(6)Nearest Airport ==============as i am at Shenandoah Valley Regional
Airport Virginia (USA) right now because of the Searching and Scanning
of the package which made me to misplace your address
(7)A Copy of Your I D For Identification or driving license

Contact person,
Name- Agent Donald Parker
Contact Telephone line: +1(540) 924-1224

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