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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: "Mrs. Rose Ken" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 01:17:46 -0700

Dear Friend.

I have registered your ATM CARD worth of $10.5million with post office
please Contact them with your delivery information such as, Your
Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:Post office Express
Delivery service Name of Dr: David I. Mckay, Email;( )

I have paid for the Insurance & postage fee. The only fee you have to
Pay is their Security fee only. And ask him how much their Security
fee is so that you can pay it to enable them post your parcel direct
to your home address with out any further delay,

Contact them immediately for your parcel do not delay over this your
current address is needed make sure you send them correct address to
avoid wrong delivery okay
Best Regards,
Mrs. Rose Ken

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