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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 Douglas Mohamed <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:16:52 -0900
Subject: Attention Dear Email ID Owner Happy New year!

Your ATM Card of $15million USD has been approved and was deposited
with FedEx delivery company this morning for registration, and we
agreed up that the delivery of Your $15Million USD ATM Package will
take off tomorrow morning. So contact with your full info where your
ATM card will be delivered to you,

(1) Full name---------
(2) Mobile Number:--------------
(3) Marital status------
(4) Country of origin:--------
(5) Your Current delivery address:----
(6) Occupation/ age/ sex-----
(7) City -------------------

Urgent, get back to me today with your full address where your ATM
card will be delivered to because i will not be in the office next
week: The amount in your Card is US Fifteen million.

Best Regards,
Mr. Douglas Mohamed

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