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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: Mrs Esther Masego <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 01:16:18 -0700
Subject: Attention E-mail Address Owner:

This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European
Union (EU) and FBI.We have been able to track down some scam artist in
various parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Ghana and
Senegal with cote d'ivoire )

and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at
International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for Justice. During the course
of investigation, they were able to recovered some funds from these
scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the funds recovered to
be shared among the 15 Lucky people listed around the World as a

This notice is been directed to you because your email address was
found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard-disk while the
investigation, maybe you have been
scammed or you are just lucky, you email was among the 15 lucky
peoples found in they hard-disk. You are therefore being compensated
with sum of $4.5 million US Dollars valid into an (ATM Card Number
6119 1022 2744 5160). Since your email address is among the lucky
beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds,

we have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM VISA CARD
and deliver to your postal address with the Pin Numbers as to enable
you withdrawal maximum of $10,000 on each withdrawal from any Bank ATM
Machine of your choice, until all the funds are exhausted. The ATM
Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to you via courier
Service, depending your choice. In order to proceed with this
transaction, you
will be required to contact the agent in-charge ( Mr.Robert smith )
via e-mail. Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:

CONTACT NAME: Mr.Robert smith.
PHONE NUMBER: call +229-64585497.
Tex : +1(312)681-9056.

Quickly contact him with your full information, name, resident address, phone
number, name of your nearest airport, for him to locate your home with your

Mrs Esther Masego.

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