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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: Federal Bureau of Investigation <>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 05:43:13 -0700
Subject: Your ATM Cards Released

Your ATM Cards Released

This is to inform you that we have agreed to release your fund valued
at USD $5.8 Million which will come to you via ATM Cards. Please do
re-confirm your information as below to avoid wrong delivery. Forward
your information to the delivery office here:
( ) and instruct them to send the card to you

Full Name (Receiver):___ __,
Country of Resident: ______,
Office/Home Street Address: ,
Nearest Airport: _____,,
Mobile Phone Number: _____,
Identification papers (Passport copy or ID card) which you will
present it before delivery is made: _____

Thank you for understanding and may God bless you.

Yours faithfully,

Email:( )

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