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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:

Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 09:32:05 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Package Owner,

Attention Dear Package Owner,

International Monetary Fund (IMF) have finally registered your ATM
Master CARD of $3.5 Million USD with a check of 1 million dollars with
DHL EXPRESS Courier Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code
AWB33xzs) please Contact with your delivery information such as,

Your Name::::::::::::::

Your Address:::::::::::

Your Telephone Number:::

Your Age::::::::::::::::

Your Country::::::::::::

Your occupation:::::::::

Director Mr John Pearson
E-mail:{ }

We have paid for their security fee. The only fee you have to pay is
their Delivery fee only.
Please indicate the registration Code Number(awb-33xzs) to DHL when
contacting them and ask them how much is their delivery fee,
Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
Best Regards,

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