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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 theresa ann <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 02:36:30 -0800
Subject: Your ATM is ready,

Hello Beloved fund owner,

This Message is from our Global Fund Discovering management head
office to inform you that your long time awaiting compensation payment
that worth sum of $4.9M united state dollars has being released. The
total fund has being credited and loaded on an ATM Visa Debit Card to
enable you access your fund by using the ATM to withdraw money in any
available ATM Machine office. Your ATM is ready to deliver to you.

Kindly reconfirm your full details below:

Your Full Name:
Your Home Address:
Your WhatsApp Number:
copy of your id

Best regards:
Mrs Theresa Ann

Barrister John Williams
WhatsApp Number: +229 94 272 947

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