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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 Frank Kelly <>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2021 23:56:12 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that your
ATM card of $9.5 Million USA Dollars we stop now
from delivering to your home address, you are to pay
$200 for Custom stamp and clearance certificate.
Attach is your copy of your ATM card.but first
of all you have to reconfirm me your full

information such as
Your full name:::::::::::
Phone number:::::::::::::
Home address::::::::::::::

Note, you have only 24 hours to pay the fee
or your fund will be transfer to Government
Treasure as on unclaimed fund. Get Back to
usText me the required information here purchase
steam wallet or any others gift card of $100 then
scratched it and send me the picture immediately

Mr.Frank Kelly Custom on DutyUSA CUSTOM

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