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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: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 11:45:27 +0100
Subject: GET BACK TO ME ASAP..16/09/2021


Good day to you and how are you doing today? i have been waiting for
your immediate response to my e-mail since my previous e-mail to you
concerning the delivery of your ATM Card loaded with the sum of $12
million to your door step without any further delay so please
kindly get back to me immediately you receive this e-mail if you are
ready to receive your ATM Card in your door step or Not.

James Brown
Fedex Diplomat Agent

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