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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: "Mr. Martin Great" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 03:45:58 -0700

Dear Sir,

How are you today? We are writing to inform you that we have moved
your ATM VISA CARD to FedEx who will deliver it to your Address but
you have to pay for the delivering fee and insurance to enable them
complete their delivering to your home address.

You have to contact Mr. Mark Olive the ( Regional Dispatch Manager
FedEx) for your card worth $10.850m his Direct Email Address:
I am waiting to confirm from you that you have reached him for more information

Thank you
Mr. Martin Great

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