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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: Mr Mike Benson <>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 15:29:30 +0100


Your ATM has been registered with DHL, your ATM CARD With Amount of
$500.000 USD is under DHL Courier Company with registration code of
(Shipment Code Awb 33xzs). please Contact with your information such
as,Your Name, Your Address, Country and Your Telephone Number:

Contact Person: Mr Jeff Nicolas

I have paid for the Insurance.Fee The Only fee you are going ; to pay
is their Security Keeping fee and your ATM will be delivered to you
within 48 hours Please indicate the registration Number Which is

Best Regards

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