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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: "Mrs. ALexa Lilian" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 03:59:10 -0800
Subject: Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

My Name is Mrs.Lilian Alexander, and i want to inform you about your
ATM MASTER EXPRESS CARD ready to be delivered to you today or
unfailing tomorrow depending on your cooperation and the ATM MASTER
EXPRESS CARD is credited with the sum of $10.500.000.00
USD(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), it is
already loaded in the Master Card which you can use to access your
fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that the maximum
withdrawal daily limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars
(US$10,000.00)we have concluded delivery arrangement with the below
courier services companies and their delivery time as stated below.


Contact the director for the information to send the delivery charges
of your choice and kindly provide me with the below details in your
response to this message and let me know which courier company you
would want us to use for the shipment of your ATM Card to you.

your Full Names..........
Your Country.............
Your City Airport........
Your Home Address........
Your Phone Number........

Understand that you will be liable for the delivery fee of your ATM Master
Express Card to you with any of the above courier company,delivery
commence once delivery charge is sent to the director by any courier
company of your choice.


Mrs.Lilian Alexander

contact the MD now
Director Foreign Remittance Department
Mr.Joesph Lee .O

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