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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: Phil Kessler <>
Reply-To: Phil Kessler <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 15:13:23 +0900

This is to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and FBI.

We have been able to track down some scam artists in various parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana and Senegal with Cote D'Ivoire ) and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for Justice.

During the course of investigation, they were able to recover some funds from these scam artists and the IMF organization has ordered the funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around the World as a compensation. This notice has been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigation is going on, maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with a sum of $1,173,280,60 USD.

Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with the Pin Number to enable you withdraw maximum of $5,000 on each withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the funds are exhausted.

The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to you using Express Mail Service (courier) .Note: that you will pay for the Delivery fee, I don’t know the courier cost of shipping the card to you but if you permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the courier shipping company to find out the cost immediate Delivery of your ATM VISA Card.

You have to provide the following details to forestall any mistake of issuing the ATM Card.

1.Full Name
2.Phone Number
5.House Address
6.Valid ID or Drivers License

NB: If found in your spam folder please move to your inbox as it is as a result of low internet connection.

Thanks for your understanding as you follow the instructions while I wait to hear from you today.

Yours in Services,

Dr. Phil Kessler
Access Risk Management

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