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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: INFO INFO <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:33:54 -0800
Subject: ATM CARD

FCMB-Primrose Tower, 17A, Tinubu Street, Marina, Lagos/EXCELLENCE CUSTOMER
SERVICE SPEED POST DELIVERY, Address: 405 Main St, Buffalo, KS 66717,
United States

Dear Beneficiary,

Happy new year?we wish to inform you that Your Atm card what of $10.5
Million Dollars that was allocated to you from FCMB BANK and was hold on to
due to issues around,are very much available and ready at this moment to be
Delivered to you,please For security reasons/Backup for proper delivery
this year 2022,Kindly Re-confirm to us the followings,

1, your residence address----------

2, your phone number----------------

3, your whatsapp number--------------

4, your driver's license (attach it).

5, your full name --------------------

Thanks For Your Cooperation and understanding,
Head Personnel,

Mrs Susan Mark Everson.

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