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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: "OFFICE MAIL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 21:16:37 +0200
Subject: USD$5,200,000.00.

Hello My Good friend.

Good day to you, I want to use this opportunity to informed you that the managements has put your funds into ATM CARD to avoid loosing the CHEQUE under expiration,the sum of (USD$5,200,000.00) Dollars will be delivered to you as ATM CARD on your personal receipt at your DESTINATION in your country through delivery system.

All the necessary arrangements regarding the delivering of the (USD$5,200,000.00) Five Million two hundred thousand united state Dollars to you has been made with the ADEXEC COMPANY LIMITED, You are to contact, REV JOSEPH OBIBUNJO, now via the below email, with your full delivery information to enable their delivering agent locate you immediately he arrive your country with your ATM CARD.

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Your Full Name:______________________.
Your Full Address:___________________.
Your Cell Phone:_____________________.
Attachment Of Your Id Card Of Any Kind Or International passort.

Get in ontact with them immediately and receive your fund with out delays.

Best regards,
Pastor: Lucky Howard

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