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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 Richard Moore <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 12:33:56 -0800


Your ATM Card of $15.2 million USD has been approved and
was deposited with
DHL delivery company this
morning for registration,and we agreed up
that the delivery of Your $15.2 Million USD ATM Package
will take off tomorrow morning .So contact with your full
info where your ATM
card will be delivered to,

(1) Full name---------
(2) Mobile Number:--------------
(3) Direct telephone number------
(4) Country of origin:--------
(5) Your Current delivery address:----
(6) Occupation/ age/ sex-----
(7) City -------------------

Urgent get back to us today with your full address where
your ATM card
will be delivered to because i will not be in the office
next week:
The amount in your Card is US$15.2Million and your Pin code
is: (9106).


MR MARK Williams

From DHL courier delivery company
Benin republic.

Contact and reply only to this my email address:
Contact name: MR MARK Williams

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