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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: Duru Anthony <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 15:07:04 +0100
Subject: Attention: Dear Beneficiary

This is to thank you for your past effort and kindly
assistance, The money has been transferred into an account provided by a
newly found business partner of mine from Sweden. I wish to compensate you
for your past assistance, effort and commitments that time to help me out.
I have arranged with United Bank for Africa (UBA)and issued an ATM MASTER
CARD valid at US$1.500.000 for your compensation. I am in Switzerland right
now to establish some business and possibly buy some properties also.

So I want you to Contact my Pastor on his information below, because I kept
the ATM CARD with him to be send to you as soon as you contact him.

Name:Pastor.Patrick NCHA.

Email address: ( )
Phone Number: +229 55023338

I left every instruction with him to send you the ATM VISA CARD as soon as
you contact him, so make sure you re-confirm your address and Cell Phone
Number to him to avoid any mistake on the delivery of your ATM CARD to you.
Then ask him to send the ATM CARD to you immediately which you can use to
withdraw your money at any ATM Machine in the world.

With All My
Mr.Duru Anthony

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