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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:

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 08:54:39 -0800
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED!!! TEXT NOW +1 207 605 7016

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

Your beneficiary fund of USD$15,500,000.00 has been approved today,
please contact MRS JENNIFER ANISTON to

receive your fund with the below details:

1. Full name:
2. Telephone number:
3. Mailing address: {Residential address only}

These are the options:

1). FedEx Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 72 Hours Amount USD$150.00

2). UPS Delivery Company Duration for Delivery Amount Next day
Delivery USD$170.00

3). DHL Delivery Company Duration for Delivery Amount 24 Hours of
Delivery USD $205.00

4). Online Banking Account transfer 6 Hours with the charge of USD$350.00


Please include this code when contacting him so he will respond
immediately. Your Conduct code is: 72055,,,

And the reason why you are receiving this fund is that your name was
found as one of the victims
of a scam and lost of money so you are being compensated with the fund.

Mr. Omnid Osman

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