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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.Thomas Woods." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 07:45:34 -0800
Subject: Greetings!


My name is Thomas Woods new appointed USPS Courier Service regular delivery director Head office in Arlington Texas United States, i assumed this office on the 10th,January 2022 after going through the files of the previous records i discovered that there are six parcels containing ATM cards each one attached with an email address of the owner on it.

The former appointee of this office (Richard Moore Jr.) failed to carry out the delivery as it was instructed and programmed probably one of his reasons for not carrying out the delivery was that you could not provide your delivery address and other information's to him for the completion of the shipment as he remarked.

According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited by one Senior Evangelist Mathew Peterson who died last year as a charity foundation parcel to each of the six of you.

On the statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned ATM cards contains the sum of US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars and he found your email address as reputable and capable persons that can use the charity awarded ATM Cards to change the lives of people.

After all verification i reported the issue of the discovered six ATM cards to the management board and they instructed me to deposit the six parcels containing ATM cards to a donation/finance office for security reasons pending when you will make claim as the legal beneficiary of the parcel ATM CARD.

I have sent the same message of the same content to other five abandoned ATM CARDS each at the same time and If you found this message in your spam folder it could be due to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) so move the message to your inbox before you reply.

Meanwhile, you are advised to contact donation/finance fiduciary agent Mr.Andrew Forrest immediately for claim with the below information;

Contact Person: Mr.Andrew Forrest

Full name:---------------------------
House Address:-----------------------
Phone No:----------------------------

Mr.Thomas Woods.

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