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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 John Martins <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2021 16:08:45 -0700
Subject: Attention Owner Of Atm Card,

Attention Dear,

Your ATM card worth of ($5.500'000'00) has been today deposited with
Dhl Company to ship it to your home address.Now contact Dhl manager Mr
Anhony Hubert at ( & Send to them your home
address where to ship the ATM Card to you such as;

Your name.......
Your house address ........
Your direct phone number ........
Your occupation ........
Your age .........

Note, All charges regards this delivery has been paid except the safe
keeping fees which you will send to them before they can dispatch the
parcel to your destination. So you can call them now at my whatsApp
number +22990081258

Mr John Martins

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