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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. Antony J. Blinken" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:42:58 +0100
Subject: Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card

Attention: ATM Card Beneficiary,

I have registered your ATM CARD of US$5.500.000.00 Five Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollar with Easy Global Courier Company
with registration code (Shipment Code WB33XXD) please Contact them
with your delivery information such as,

Your Name:........
Your Address:......
Your Telephone Number:.........

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay to the Easy Global Courier Company is their Security fee $150,
Note the required fee $150 should send Via Bitcoin Wallet or Apple
Gift Card so please contact the Courier Manager and make the payment

Purchase Bitcoin or Apple Gift Card of $150 when you contact the courier office.

Bitcoin Wallet Address: 13rqx4Zt7SiFfWrRPaDGpfwGqHqDCuKN67

Easy Global Company Office:
Name: Mr. Fred White
Phone: +1 (321) 724-9921

Best Regards,
Mr. Fred White.

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