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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: Divine Mary <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 04:52:33 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

My Dear
This is Miss. Divine Mary i registered your Inheritance Claim`s ATM
CARD of (GBP£19.950,000.00) with UPS Express with registration code of
(1933173) please Contact with your delivery information: UPS OFFICE:
Address: UPS House, Forest Rd, Feltham TW13 7DY, United Kingdom

Name: Mr. Mark Vale
WhatsApp/SMS +44 7868 820299

She have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have
to pay is Security keeping fee only. Please indicate the registration
Number of (1933173)and you have to pay Security keep fee only. so
Contact the UPS office below email and ask them how much is the
Security keeping fee to pay. VAT Number: GB 222421710.

Best Regards.

Miss. Divine Mary

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