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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: "Barr.Michael Tudon" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 01:16:01 -0700

Attention: Please,

I have registered Your ATM Master card of ($10.5Million) dollars with
DHL COMPANY this morning as they agreed to the delivery, the DHL
COMPANY will take off tomorrow morning based on my agreement with
them, so please re-confirmed your personal information Such as to

1. Your full name
2. Address where you will like it to be sent
3. Private phone number
4. Your age.
5. Attached / scanned copy of any identification of yours. Counutry

Name of DR:Joshua Ethan
phone number +229 62628302

I have paid for the Insurance & activation.The only fee you have to
pay is the compulsory delivery fee only.Please indicate the
registration Number and ask Him how much is the delivery fee.

Thanks and Remain Blessed,
Barr.Michael Tudon

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