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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: Dear beneficiary <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2021 00:00:46 -0700
Subject: Greeting's Beneficiary !!!

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division,
FBI Headquarters
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington D.C. 20535-000


In a recent meeting held last Month with the newly FBI Director
concerning debt reconciliation, over due Payment, this is to
inform you that they agreed to release your ATM CARD worth of ($5
Million Seven hundred thousand United State Dollars Only)
which will come via {ATM CARD} as instructed from our headquarter by
the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
This is to inform you that I was sent to West Africa, to personally
handle the pick up of your ATM CARD, without any more delay.
So now you will try your best to see you get in touch with JP Morgan
of Chase Bank Because your card has been deposited in the
bank. Their email is down the message do that because they are the
people that will activate your card for better use

Once again congratulations you are so luck to have the privilege to
receive what is truly yours. so you just have to be fast about this,
email them with your current info once you receive this email. It is
very urgent that you receive your card and start making use of
it immediately. We the F B I headquarters have investigated thoroughly
on your fund it is 100% legal and legit from the {Untied
States Nations}.So you don't have to be worried over anything the F B
I are here for you this time around.
And secondly you must stop any further communication with anyone
telling you that your money is with him/her so that you can be able to
receive what is truly yours.

Below information is needed as to enable the delivery of your Card gets to you:
Your New House Address:
Cell Phone Number:

Underneath is the contact information of appointed dispatch person
whom you are to forward the above requested details:
Contact Person: Mrs. Marianne Lake.

Email: ( Or you can live her a voice
message or text on +2347011461313
Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.
Thank you.
Mr. Tom Willis
FBI Representative.

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