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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: "Charles P. Rettig" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 00:26:35 -0700
Subject: Tel/ SMS Number: +116814951058


From Charles P. Rettig Acting Commissioner of the IRS
U.S.A IRS Address:1111 Constitution Ave., NW; Washington, DC 20224

Greetings From The Internal Revenue Service United States of America.
Your total funds worth $8.5 million USD will be delivered to your home
address through ATM Card Delivery Via USPS.
Your ATM Card has been activated and deposited with USPS already; so kindly
update us with:

1. Your Full Name which you prefer we use when shipping your ATM
2. Your Current mailing (Delivery) Address where your ATM Card should be
mailed to............
3. Your Private Mobile Number for the Priority Express Mail to Contact you
when they arrive at your door step...........
4. Your direct telephone Number........................
5. A copy of your identification card or driver licence...................
Reply this email with the below contact details immediately you receive this
email for immediate shipment of your ATM Card.....

Yours Sincerely,
Charles P. Rettig
Acting Commissioner of the IRS
Tel/ SMS Number: +116814951058

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