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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:

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 03:26:19 -0800
Subject: VISA ATM de US $ 850.000,00

Greetings, I am,Dr James Williams Esq. who contacted you for a
business transaction some time ago but something led to another and we
could not achieve our aim of transferring the money to your Bank
account as planned. I'm happy to inform you that i have had the funds
transferred with the cooperation of a new partner from JAPAN.

Presently, I'm in JAPAN for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. Meanwhile, I have not forgotten your past efforts and
attempt to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow.

Now contact my secretary her name is Mrs Monica Ajara
E-mail:( Ask her to send you ATM VISA CARD of
$850.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.

I appreciate your collective efforts at that time so, feel free and
get in touch with my secretary and instruct her where and how to send
your ATM visa card to you.

Please, do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the suffering at that time. At moment, I am very
busy here in JAPAN because of the investment projects which I and the
new partner are having at hand without confrontations.

As a serious minded and straight forwarded person, I instructed my
secretary to make sure she carries out the assignment of sending you
your ATM visa card as instructed. So feel free to get in touch with
her and she will send the amount to you without any delay.

With Regards,

Dr James Williams

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