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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: Director Office <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:56:50 +0100

Pickup details!

Hello beneficiary,

Accordingly to the new rules we was only able to program and sent your
first $4,500.00Usd payment, being the amount allowed in system to send
daily until you receive the total deposited sum: $850,000.00Usd in
your name with this office, and below are the first installation
pickup details,

Sender's Name is: Matt James
MTCN#: 385-401-2590
Amount Sent: $4,500.00Usd.

Please copy and paste the link here:( ), to
shake the status of the payment and view the availability result for
your confidential purpose.

Meanwhile note, your receivers details information remained unreviewed
for security reason until you pickup the transfer and please bear in
mind that an activation fee will be settle by you before the payment
pickup, so confirm back that you get this notice that the message
doesn't sent in error, and bear with us that this are to overcome
wrong claim or payment hackers through the glob.

Await your compliment to enable the release of next payment tomorrow.

Best regards,

Matt James
Call us at: +234 901-629-2421
Reply to: ( )
Director Western Union Money Transfer.

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