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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: monika grace <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:58:33 -0800
Subject: Hello


We have finally agreed to deliver your shipping box containing Cloth,
Laptop and Iphone 8plus with an ATM CARD worth $2,500,000.00 in cash
through the national UPS company. The agent is already at the
International Airport with your package,

We achieved this with the help of IMF Director John Andy, the I.M.F.
director and all necessary agreements were successfully concluded with
Fast Track delivery company.

Please contact Fast Track shipping company's shipping agent Ms. Monika
Grace with your shipping information such as:

(1) Full name ......
(2) Mobile number .. or WhatsApp number
(3) Home address .....
(4) Postal Code

to your email: ( to receive your ATM CARD
registration code (GL-1416) and your PIN (4917).

Best regards

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