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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 Charles P. Rettig Mr Charles P. Rettig" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 21:18:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: contact me through email:

US Internal Revenue Service
Address: 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, United States
Greetings From The Internal Revenue Service United States of America.
We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay
you, your over due Winning Prize/inheritance fund which you could not
complete the process of the release of your transfer pin code through
the Digitized Payment System. and you have spent a lot of money and a
lot of time sending money to different people just to make sure you
receive your fund and after set and done your received nothing.
We have decided to pay your funds through (ATM VISA Card) This
arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank, United Nation
and Paris Club, due to fraudulent activities going on within the
world,The World Bank, United Nations and Paris Club introduced this
payment arrangement as to enable our Contract, Winning Prize,inheritance
beneficiary to receive their fund without any interference,
The ATM VISA Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.The
ATM VISA CARD is credited with the sum of $17.5 Million united states
dollars , it is already loaded in the Gold Master Card which you can use
to access your fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and we have
concluded delivery arrangement with the below courier services companies
and their delivery time is stated below.
Your total funds worth $17.5 million USD will be delivered to your home
address through any company of your choice from the below mentioned so
kindly update us.
1) UPSrs/$200
2) FedExrs/$150
3) DHLhrs/$100
To enable the delivery proceed immediately today, Note that you will be
liable to pay the delivery fee of your ATM VISA Card with any of the
above courier company of your choice before the delivery will take place
to your destination address, Kindly provide me with the below details in
your response to this email and let me know which courier company you
would want us to use for the shipment of your ATM VISA Card to you.
1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Country:
4. Phone Number:
5. Occupation:
6. Age:
7. Sex:
Reply this email with the ITUNES CARD and the below contact details
immediately you receive this email for immediate shipment of your funds.
Yours Sincerely,
IRS Commissioner
Mr Charles P. Rettig
contact me through email:

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