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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: "Mr.Anthony Ekeh" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 08:51:32 -0700

Attention Pls,

How are you today? we been waiting to hear from you reading the
delivery of your ATM contains US$1.8 Million USD, So due to we did not
hear from you concern the delivery of your ATM .then i went to Fedex
Express Delivery and deposit your CHEQUE for them to deliver it to
you, you have to contact Fedex Delivery with bellow information so
that they will deliver your ATM package to you and forward them your
information where they will deliver your CHEQUE.

Your Full Name /
Home Address/
Direct Contact Phone Number/

Bellow is Fedex Express contact address for you to contact them.

Contact Person/ Mr.MAXWELL LANDRY
E-mail 1/
E-mail 2/

I have already notify Fedex Delivery Operator Benin Republic that you
will contact them any moment for the delivery, meanwhile the Delivery
Operator said that you will pay only US$205.00 for security keeping
fee and your package will be deliver to you.

Mr. Anthony Ekeh

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