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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.Ann Edward" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 09:42:52 +0100
Subject: Congratulation

We have registered your ATM MASTER CARD of US $(92.5M) with Real
Transit Service Company Canada with the registration code of (Shipment
Code awb33xzs) please kindly Contact them with your full delivery
information such as follows to enable you receiver your ATM MASTER
CARD in six working days from the Real Transit Service Company
department as well.

Your Full Name....
Your Full Address......
Your Telephone Number.........
Your Passport copy............
Your Age............
Your Occupation...........

Name of Director:Mr.Jim Williams
WhatsApp :+1 873-280-4779
Contact E-mail :(

Best Regard
Mrs.Ann Edward

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