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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. Charles Ben Marek" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 13:56:48 +0000
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

My Dear Friend,

I wish to inform you that your overdue payment of $11.5 million
USD is scheduled to be paid to you via certified ATM Card that you
will only be required to go to any ATM to withdraw
$20,000, 2 times a day until your fund is completed.

Meanwhile, the valid ATM CARD has been registered with DHL Courier Company
as a package. All you need to do now is contact them at their
information below with your delivery address for immediate
delivery to your delivery address without any delay.

1 Full name
2 Your home address
3 Your current telephone number.
4 Your age.
5 Your country.
6 Your occupation...

Managing Director Charles Ben Marek (SAN),
What is app Phone:Mobile:+22969457865
E-mail ;address ; (
Thank you, Ms Shalla Bruce

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