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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: "Barr. Mendy Swallow" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 09:59:50 +0100
Subject: Attention

Hello Dear,

You ATM has been deposited with citi bank under the care of (Dr.John
Mark) as we discussed. Please mail him immediately to sign the
delivery of you atm. I am in uganada now. I kept a $10.500,000.00 USD
(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) ATM and will
send you the rest of the money after my business trip here. I send you
so many mails but all bounced

So mail (Dr John Mark) with the email below for him to send the ATM to
you: here is his email ( .

Kindly re-confirm to him your personal information per as follow:

Your full name..............
Your house address ...............
Your direct phone number ...................
Your occupation ....................
Your country's name ................
Your age ...................
Bank details as he requested

Thanks and do let me know when you receive it.. Please, I have paid
for the remittance of this atm, the only Money they might demand from
you is the shipping charges which is negotiable.

Best regards.
Barr. Mendy Swallow

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