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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: info office <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 07:00:37 +0100
Subject: DHL Courier Service DEPARTMENT

DHL Courier Service DEPARTMENT
Address: 931 W. Main St City and Zip Code: Bridgeport, WV 39331
Phone number(+17175671895) WHATSAPP NUMBER(+12313836975)
Contact (


This is to officially inform you that an ATM CARD worth Six Million
Three Hundred United States Dollars ($6.3MILLION USD) has been
accredited in your favor.

I have made the necessary findings from our courier companies here for
the dispatch of your ATM CARD with above information you forwarded to
me, but we courier service requested that the ATM CARD must be
registered in our office before they dispatched it to avoid any
problem .

Meanwhile here is the cost of sending and registration of your ATM
CARD through Express Courier Services and that is the cost you
$150.00usd, from here to your country, You are required to pay the
necessary courier charges to enable us to send your ATM CARD immediately
to your home address.
kindly reconfirm your address to avoid any wrong delivery.

Method you will use to send the $150.00usd

any-kind of gift card.

Thanks and God bless you.

Mr.John Pearson.
+1 7175671895
Director, DHL Courier Service
931 W. Main St City
and Zip Code: Bridgeport, WV 39331

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