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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: "Mrs. Jasmine Pierre" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2022 01:48:47 -0800
Subject: Attention


I am UPS delivery officer Mrs jasmine Pierre , and i was sent from
International Monetary Fund .IMF. to deliver your Consignment Box
Package that value sum of $15.2million US dollars to your destination
home address and right now am at the Jonesboro Arkansas international
Airport USA and i want you to message me now once you received this
message and give me all about your information to avoid wrong
delivering such as...

Your Name....
Your male/female
Your Address....
YOUR correct phone number........
your country and state...
your email address......

Best Regards
Mrs. Jasmine Pierre

Your Urgent reply is needed.

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