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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:

Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 15:34:33 +0200
Subject: GOOD NEWS


Quickly contact the person in charge via this information for the
delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD Valued the sum of $10.5 Million USD.

Do Kindly reconfirm your delivery information to him such as this bellow:

Your Full name:
Your Address:
Your Country:
Your Cell Number:
A copy Of ID:

To avoid any mistakes on the delivery process by the DHL Company
Diplomatic Agent And also bear it in mind, That the only money you
will pay so far on this delivery is $40 the DHL Company Delivery Charges
only, Because every other expenses has already be paid And don't be
deceived by anyone by paying any other upfront fee.

Use below information to send the money to enable the company DHL
complete the delivery without any more delay.
Receiver ::::::ERIC OGWE
Country:::::;;: Benin Republic
City :::::::::::: Cotonou
Amount:::::::: $40
Am waiting to hear from you with the payment information to enable
this company serve you well with out any further delay okay.

Benjamin Gibson
Email= (

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