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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. Monica Smith." <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 02:48:21 -0700
Subject: Attention: ATM card Beneficiary,

Attention: ATM card Beneficiary,

I have registered your ATM CARD of US$1.800.000.00 One Million Eight
Hundred United States Dollar with DHL Courier Company with
registration code (Shipment Code WB33XXD) please Contact them with
your delivery information such as,

Your Name,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Your Address,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Your Telephone Number: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay to the DHL Courier Company is their Security fee $75 Note the
required fee $75 should send Via Bitcoin Wallet or Apple Gift Crad so
Please contact the Courier Manager and make the payment immediately.

Buy Bitcoin Wallet or Apple Gift Card of $75 when you contacting the
Courier office.

DHL Shipping Company Office:
Name of :Dr.Patrick Divide
email: (

Best Regards,
Mrs. Monica Smith.

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