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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: Agent DUBEMU COLINS <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 02:50:55 -0800
Subject: Attention dear Email owner !

Attention dear Email owner !

I hope this message will reach you in good health, My name is Agent
Dubemu Colins form DHL Courier, I am here to inform you about your ATM
Card compensation Prize that were brought to us by the United Nations
Settlement organization valued the sum of $5.9 Million.United States Dollars
therefore kindly respond to us with your details required for the
delivery of your ATM card Prize valued the sum of $5.9 Million.United
States Dollars

1,Full Name
6,Phone number

I will appreciate your urgent response and after hearing from you we
will process your delivery immediately,
(contact on Email

Agent Dubemu Colins

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