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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 13:22:50 -0800
Subject: Attn, Beneficiary

This is Mr Paul Jonathan Form DHL express I am here to inform you that
your ATM card valid

2. 700.000.00 is still in my coustdy
WhatsAPP +22998921861) Good day ,
We have a package with your name on it, but unfortunately the address
is missing.

We therefore need you to complete the missing delivery address as soon
as possible.

Your tracking number:
F581266GB,OR contact our office whatsAPP +22998921861

Complete your address here.

Kind Regards

Customer Care

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