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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. Jeffery Mark" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 11:46:59 +0200
Subject: Attention Shipment Owner,

Attention Shipment Owner,

This is Mr. Jeffrey Mark, U.S Customs Enforcement officer, I wish to
acquaint you that a Diplomat Agent in the person of Garyt Hyson in
position with a box containing the sum of $7.5 Million United State
Dollars died after being confirmed positive of the Corona Virus.
United States of America Customs Department of Midway International
Airport Chicago USA, has decided to complete your delivering to you.
You are now advised to contact Diplomat Tim Johnson to complete the
delivering to you via this detail.

Contact Person, Diplomat Tim Johnson
Email: ( )

Your information needed to avoid wrong delivering.

Full Name:....
Residential Address:...
Mobile number:...
What'sApp Phone Number:...
A Copy of Your Identification:...

Thanks and God bless you
Sincerely Mr. Jeffery Mark
United States of America
Customs Department

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