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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: FEDEX <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 05:59:33 +0100

Welcome to FedEx Express Courier Home Delivery Company, we are very
grateful to be at your service. You have a consignment box worth $10
Million Dollars in our office which was sent to you by Federal
Ministry Of Finance World Compensation (FMF) USA, you are required to
summit the following personal details listed below to our office via
e-mail so that your package will be delivered to you at your door step
within 24hours without any delay or stoppage from anybody. We would
like you to receive the package within 24/Hrs .

1.) Name:
2.) Address:
3.) Country:
4.) City:
5.) Phone Nb:

Thanks for your kind understanding, hope to hear from your soon, God

Best Regard

Frederick W. Smith

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