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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: Anthony Gabriel <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 08:11:59 +0100
Subject: Attention Dear beneficiary

This is Anthony Gabriel from Armed Forces United States of America.
I'm texting you today due to the scam officials Email and text we have
been receiving about you sending Money to Africans Claiming to have
funds or what so ever they are telling you about that makes you to
send Money them without Confirmation from the president or the Forces
here in United States even the worst part of this is that they are
yawing Christopher Asher Wray to scams As well but. Right now we the
United States Army has Decided to put our hands on this to ensure no
one sent Money to those frauds anymore and from today you are being
Monitored if you ever try to do send anything without asking for
Confirmation you will be put to Jail for two years after that you will
come back to your right senses.

Apart from that we have Decided to Compensate you with the Sum of
$12.5Million United States dollars And now you are to Choose how you
need it delivery to you. 3 Options

1, Bank to Bank wire transfer which you have to pay for The Charge
which is only going to Cost you $150dollars

2, delivery of ATM Card to your doorstep which your address will be
needed and it is only going to cost you $300 dollars

3, Consignment Box delivery you only have to pay $220 dollars??
And you are to keep this as secret to ensure you get your Money
successful to you Ok and Any one that contact you without this code
7998 don't send anything to the person because we have given a code to
all the real agents

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