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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 steven sharma <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:01:08 +0100
Subject: Attention Dear Blessed Beneficiary


We have actually be­en authorized by the newly appointed Min­ister of
finance and the gov­erning body of the United Nations Moneta­ry Unit
to compensate 750 Beneficiaries for your losses in business,
properties, unpaid contract and inheritance during the Pandemic

We have arranged yo­ur payment to be paid to you through an ATM VISA
Card and this will be issued on your Na­me and shall be post­ed
directly to your address via DHL or any courier services available in
your country. Upon your contact with us, the sum of US$950,000.00 will
be credited into the ATM Visa Card and this will enable you to
withdraw your funds in any ATM Machines in your country with a
minim­um withdrawal of US$50­00.00 per day. Your limit can be increase
to any amount upon your re­quest.

In this regard, you are to contact and furnish the requested
information to the Directorate of Inter­national Payment and Transfer
with the followings;
immediately as follows: ( CELL +1-564-240-8239
1. Your Name:
2. Country :
3. Age and Sex:
4. Occupation :
5. Mobile Telephone:
6. Delivery Address:
7. Id Card Identifi­cation:
Sending delivery charge through Bitcoins or iTunes gift card $75 that’s all
We required your ur­gent response to this email as directed to avoid
further delay.
Yours faithfully,
MR. Steven sharma

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