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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: Jerry Ade <>
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2021 10:16:00 +0100
Subject: Tracking number

We have arrested all the fraud people that has been cheating you and
collecting your money here in Lagos Nigeria we are the new ATM CARD office
here in Lagos Nigeria now your ATM CARD will reach your hand
today or tomorrow it will cost you only $250 that is all once
this fees is paid we will give you delivery tracking number to enable
you know when it reach your home.
This is the Name where you can make the payment.
Receiver Name:Austin Ogbogu.
Location: Lagos Nigeria.
Your Sender name..
Pin Number.

Send the fee through Ria money transfer or by Small world.

Mr.Jerry Ade

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