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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 Justina Chika <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:59:10 -0700
Subject: Your ATM package is available for delivery with DHL


We have deposited your fund ($2 500,000 USD through DHL SERVICE
department after our final meeting regarding your ATM CARD,These said
funds which is deposited on loaded ATM Card, is compensation funds
which is giving to some internet users as mandated by United Nation
and your Email Address is nominated among lottery winners,But due to
the fact that
your Embassy insisted that will not guarantee your coming down to
Africa where the Wining Riful Drown Due to Political Problems/Covid-19,we now
have to send it to DHL for Onward Delivery on your own expense,so All
you will do is to contact DHL director via E-mail:( ). he will give you direction on how you
will be receiving your ATM CARD.Remember to send him your Full
information to avoid wrong delivery such as ,

Receiver's Name_
Address: _
Country: _
Phone Number: __
Copy of Your ID_
Your nearest airport_

Though,DHL SERVICE department you will receive your ATM CARD so
contact Mr Udo Terry or you call him +234 7017471219 as soon as you
receive this email and tell him to show you the way you will receive
your ATM CARD.

Best Regards.
Mrs Justina Chika
Federal Ministry of Finance

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