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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 Markle Powell <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:27:58 -0800
Subject: Greetings!!

100 Broad Street Main Ave Victoria Island, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND(IMF)

ATTENTION! Are You DEAD or Alive?

This is to officially inform you that your Fund has been packaged with
your favor. The consignment box value with $3.6 million dollars.

We write to confirm the information we just heard from a man named Mr.
Anthony Wheals, he came to our office on your behalf and he disclosed
to us that you ask him to come and claim your compensation funds of
($3.6million dollars) He made things very cleared to us that you are
dead and he's the only person you disclosed this matter with and you
have instructed him to come and claim the money since you are dead.

I am writing to confirm the fact if you are DEAD or Alive and failure
to reply back in the next 24hrs simply means what Mr. Anthony Wheals
said is right that you are dead. Mr. Anthony Wheals has agreed to pay
the needed fund valued at $300 Dollars required for the postage fee of
your consignment box, but we have not gotten the money from him yet as
we want to find out if you are dead or not, so if you are still alive
you are advice in your own best interest to reply back and so we can
stop further communication with Mr. Anthony Wheals and deliver your
consignment box to your doorstep being the original beneficiary.

Now for the delivery of your consignment box with the following information.

Full Name:..
Home address:..

NOTE: The only fees you have to pay is the courier company fee which
is $250.00 Please you don't have to worry for anything as the
transaction is 100% risk free. The consignment is coming with a Dalta
Cargo representative agent who will accompany the consignment box to
your house address.

Thank you as we wait for your urgent respond!!
CONTACT; Mr Markel Powell
PHONE NO.+1(509)563-3710

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