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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: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:39:11 -0700
Subject: Dear Customer

Dear Customer:

We write to inform you that your delivery address has been noted for
the delivery of your ATM CARD Valued Seven Million, Six Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars ($7.6 million USD) been deposited for
the purpose of delivery by the Bank Of Africa (BOA).

The delivery will commence tomorrow as we have received our delivery
fees but it important that a keeping fee must be secured before the
delivery can take place. This requirement was put to order by the This
office , We are sure for a successful delivery .

This keeping fee cost only $100.00usd a day, and be assured that once
we confirmed this pay send iTunes CARD, US$100 only.

Forward the cards details to us once you send the card, we will get
back to you once your package is dispatched. I will forward your
package tracking reference number to you in my next message. Please
try to provide your direct phone number for easier and quicker

Yours Sincerely,
Customer Care Unit.
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