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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: "Rev.Francis Bernard" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 17:46:18 +0100
Subject: Hi

Dear Friend,

I am contact you about the information gave to me by Mrs.Angela Lee,
to getting the fund out of the bank with the help of a staff working
in the remittance office and also with the special assistance of a
French business woman that catered for other logistics.

However, she left the sum of $500,000 (Five hundred Thousand U.S
Dollars Only) in an ATM cash withdrawal Card. This $500,000 is for
you, and it is purposely for your compensation for your little effort
in this transaction. The ATM Card is a global payment card which is
acceptable, workable and usable worldwide in making daily withdrawal
of money from any ATM location. So you can be able to make withdrawals
of money in any countries on daily basis.$6000 per day, The ATM card
is in your name and the pin number will be in the envelope

She would have sent the ATM card to your address by herself, but sick
can't do that, For your good, she left the ATM card with me, I
Reverend Father Francis Bernard, Here is my email address
( as soon as I hear from you I will
move to any posting company and post the item to you,

Name: Rev.Francis Bernard,

Best regards,
Rev.Francis Bernard,

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