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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: "Khalid Al-Hassan" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:44:52 -0000
Subject: Re: Your Automated Payment Systems CARD (ATM)

Dear Beneficiary,

Good Morning,


I am obliged to make the transfer of your funds to you via ATM CARD. Due to the stringent financial policy and monetary regulation/reform introduced by the Bank for the first quarter of this fiscal year 2020 and the huge costs involved in direct wire transfer of the fund from the apex bank, it becomes expedient that we formulate a more workable means of remitting the funds into any designated account to be nominated by you.

I will apply for the funds to be packed into the electronic banking system and paid by Automated Payment Systems (CHAPS ///ATM for $500,000 United States Dollars).

An automated teller machine (ATM) is an electronic banking outlet, which allows customers to complete basic transactions without the aid of a branch representative or teller.

I will make proper arrangements for the ATM Card to be sent to you in the next few days. Do reconfirm to me.

1. Your Full Names and Current Mailing Address

2. Your direct Phone Number to enable me reach you at all times

Respectfully Submitted
Khalid Al-Hassan.

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