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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:

Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 06:00:43 -0700

*Country United State Of America*
*State Postal Code (31533)*

* <>*

*Attention dear beneficiary,*

*I’m **Ms. Jacqueline Flower. Thomas the new appointed Manager of UPS
Office Douglas Ga United state. On going through the files of the previous
records of this office, I discovered that there are 9 parcels containing
ATM cards each one attached with an email address of the owner on it. The
former appointee of this office (Dr.Fred Sanchez) failed to*
*carry out the delivery as it was instructed and programmed. Probably, one
of his reasons for not carrying out the delivery was because of your Non-
Compliance Of Official Processes and Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your

*According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited
by Mr Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank Director of Africa. On the statement he
wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned ATM cards
contains the sum of USd$20,800,000.00 and was supposed to transfer to you
through his bank but due to your unable to finish the process he uploaded
the money to their ATM card and registered with UPS office here in Douglas
Ga Head office,*

*Meanwhile, I've made the arrangement of posting the 9 parcels through our
UPS fast delivery to the 9 of you to your respective mailing address Am
also sending the same message of the same content to 9 of you that own the
abandoned ATM CARDS each at the same time. If found in the spam folder, it
could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox
before your reply.*

*I went to our head office and reported the issue of the discovered 9 ATM
cards in my office and they verified it and gave me the veto order to carry
out the delivery immediately. You reconfirm your mailing address to this
office in order for us to mail the ATM CARD directly to you. Note,below
information is officially needed for the sending of the card.*

*Full name:____*
*Full mailing info:____*
*Your cell phone line:_____*
*Nearest Airport:_____*
*A.Copy of your I`D:____Name: *

*I will send your ATM Card once you update us with the above info and you
shall be given a tracking number, that is, the Track and Trace number of
your parcel once it is posted to your mailing address, so as to enable you
track your parcel to know exactly when it will arrive to your mailing

*Remain blessed as I'II be looking forward to receiving your immediate
response to my Email:
*Ms. Jacqueline Flower. Thomas*
*New manager UPS Courier Company Douglas Ga USA*

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