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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: DHL POST <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:21:29 -0700

DHL Delivery Company
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
610 S. Canal Street Room 300 Chicago, IL 60607
United State of America

Your Urgent Attention Please !!!
I am Here to notify you about the present arrangement Of Confiscating
Your DHL Envelope Containing Your Wells Fargo ATM CARD , Declared as
your Compensation / Inheritance fund which you could not complete the
Custom Clearance to enable your Agent Complete the Delivery of your
Envelope Containing Your Wells Fargo ATM PLATINUM CARD .

I decided to Contact You today Regarding your Compensation Funds
Loaded in (WELLS FARGO ATM CARD) This arrangement was
constituted by the United Nation and USA Department of Justice, to
Once send A Final Notification to You As Selected Victims also as
who abandoned Their Envelope Containing Your Wells Fargo ATM Card to
Remind you that Your Envelope will be Confiscated By the Court
As Abandoned Funds.

According to the UN Delegate Who Deposit the Envelope with our
Facility, This is a Compensation Funds Approved by the UN And the
Department of Justice As A Compensation Funds It Is loaded in Wells
Fargo ATM Platinum Card as to enable You Access their Funds Without
any interference, the ATM Card was contracted By Wells Fargo Bank and

The ATM CARD Worth The sum of $15,000,000.00 USD ( Fifteen Million
United State Dollars ). Kindly provide with the below details in your
response to this email and let me know Your Arrangement Regarding the
Needed Custom Clearance To Liberate Your Envelope From the USA Custom
Defense , to enable the Company Complete the Delivery of Your Envelope
to your Residential Address.

Reconfirm Your Current Address for shipment of your Wells Fargo ATM
Card to the Department Officer Below.

Sir. Julliet Wilbert
Contact Email:

1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Phone Number:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:

Sir. Andrew Riverson

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