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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: Wells fargo Bank <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 12:55:11 -0700

Wells fargo Bank Of Clevel and
1455 E Harrisburg Pennsylvania
United States

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 released of your transfer pin code
through the Digitized Payment System. and you have
spend a lot of money and a lot 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

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 20.5 Million united states
dollars , it is already loaded in the Master Card which you can use to
access your fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that
the maximum withdrawal daily limit is Ten Thousand United States
Dollars(US $10,000.00)we have concluded delivery arrangement with the
below courier services companies and their delivery time is stated

DHLrs/$175.00 ..... itunes card

FedEx Expressrs/$150.00... itunes card

UPS rs/$125.00 ....itunes card

Once it gets to us the package will be delivered to your destination.

Kindly state in your response to this text and let me know which
courier company you would want us to use for the
shipment of your ATM VISA Card to you.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Jefferey Chang contact me on whatsapp +1(724 397 0118)
Tel: +1(724) 397 0118
Chair Of the Wells fargo Bank

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