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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.Jose Arin." <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 10:39:05 +0100
Subject: Attention email owner,

Attention My Dear,

Your ATM Card value of $2.700,000.00 Million dollars is about to
delivery to you today through DHL delivering Company You are advise to
Contact Mr. Eric Wall with your receiver's address such as

Your name......
Your country.....
Your nearest airport ...
Your phone number..
Your home address......

To Enable him, commence the delivery of your ATM Card today. For more
information contact Mr. Eric Wall. Telephone number: +229-63081497
Email ( ) he will keep you updated immediately
he confirmed your Address.

Best Regards
Mr. Jose Arin.

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