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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 Douglas Mohamed <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 00:08:21 +0000
Subject: Attention Dear Email ID owner

YOUR ATM MASTER Credit Card Loaded with £15,000.000.00 GBP Is Ready

Am Mr Douglas Mohamed ,the diplomatic agent and i was sent from the
Bank OF ENGLAND (BOE) United Kingdom to delivered your ATM MASTER
CREDIT CARD that value sum of £15 millions Pounds to your
destination home address and right now am at the City of Corpus
Christi, TX. 78413 USA and i want you to send an email to me now once
you received this email and give me all about your information to
avoid wrong delivering such as
Your Name....
Your male/female....
Your Address.....
Your Telephone Number....
your country and state...
your email address......
Best regards
Mr Douglas Mohamed

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