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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: "Tae Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 21:27:29 +0600
Subject: Your atm card has been released

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
John F. Kennedy International Airport,
Jamaica, NY 11430, United States.
The United States of America.

To whomever, it applies,

The United States Customs wish to announce to you that your ATM card in our custody which was seized by the U.S Customs, couple of years ago has been released.

Due to the high rate of Financial crime in West Africa, we stopped the delivery of the ATM card to your home address when the delivery company failed to provide the document for the release of the ATM card instead they abandoned the ATM card here in JFK Airport.

Based on the order of the United States Customs Controller General. your ATM card is has been released and required your full information for the delivery to be carried out to your home address before 25th of December 2021.

Kindly get in touch with us asap with your full details for security reasons although we have your information.

4]Nearest Airport --------------

Here is your ATM MASTER CARD information. You can't use your ATM card for now, until we deliver it to your home address for a security reason.

Best wishes.
Tae Johnson.

Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The information contained in this transmission is intended for the address only. If you are the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, or copying of the message is
strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please delete this message, And immediately notify the sender by reply or any other means. Thank you for your cooperation

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