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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: "Diplomat Mr.John Bello" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 14:34:52 -1100
Subject: Urgent Reply me

Attn: Dear
This is Diplomat Mr.John Bello from Benin that incharge of your ATM
card delivery with amount of the $3.5million usd, urgent mail me
with this email: ( With
confirmation bellow:..
Full name:...
Delivery address:...
Your direct number:
Am waiting,
Diplomat Mr.John Bello

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