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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.Oscar Williams" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 17:44:48 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary


Very Urgent:

Please This is to inform you that we have received a package
containing an ATM card from Mr.Raphael W. Bostic: the Chairman Federal
Reserve Board Atlanta Georgian and we have been instructed to deliver
the package to you without any further delay as the International
Monetary Fund IMF have instructed.ATM Card Number: (5267 3700 0265
8619)Security Pin Code: (Cannot Be Listed On Internet for Security
Reason)ATM Card value is: $10.5Million US Dollars, Withdrawal per day:

Note that you can Withdraw Money from your international ATM
Debit/Master Card from any ATM Machine Location or Center of your
Choice/Nearest to you in any part of the world. Please kindly
Reconfirm the following details Below to avoid any wrong delivery over
this Transaction,

1. Your full name:
2. Delivery address:
3. Your direct tel, cell:
4. A copy of your id:
5. Nearest airport:

Urgently get back to me with your full address where your ATM card
will be delivered to because i will not be in the office next week:

Best regards,
Mr.Oscar Williams,
Assistant Manager
Contact Email:(

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