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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: fund office <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:51:41 +0100

Hello My Dear Friend,

How are you and your family? I hope everybody is fine. I am happy to
inform you that i did later by the grace of God completed the
transaction successfully with another partner.

The total fund was transferred to the new partner that i presented to
the bank. Now I am outside my country due to the urgency for
investment project with my New partner. However, I did not forget your
past efforts and assistance to me to see that the funds was approved
with the bank, So, I have given to My Secretary Mr. Tom Bello an ATM
CARD that contains the sum of US$2,,000.000 (Two Million Dollars)

Please, accept this token of appreciation and God blessed you.

Below is the contact details of My Secretary Mr. Tom Bello

Name: Mr. Tom Bello
Tel:: +234-8089619672

You should contact him at your earliest convenient so that the ATM
CARD can be sent to you, so that you can withdraw from your
international bank ATM machine.

I wish you the best in all your future endeavors. I will also call you
at my earliest convenient.

Your brother and partner,

Barrister Datti Williams

NB: Remember to put this 8- lettered word ("GRACE-771") as the subject
of your email so that he will know that you are the rightful
beneficiary of the ATM CARD.
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