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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: Tony Moore <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:56:25 +0100
Subject: Good Day, Beneficiary.

Good Day, Beneficiary.

I`m Dr.Tony Moore, sending from Fidelity Bank Of Cotonou Benin
republic,I received a massage from a man who named himself Mr.Giuseppe
Iozzi He told me that he is your cousin and I should deliver your ATM
Card worth $7Million United state dollars to him due to the fact that
you died of a covid-19 attack on 20th September 2021,

I want you to reconfirm your full information to us if you are
real,not death as Mr.Giuseppe Iozzi said , if i did not hear from you
till Next 72 hours then I will know that Mr. Giuseppe Iozzi is telling
the truth and the delivery of your fund will commence to any address
he will give us.I want you to reconfirm your information once again,so
we will know that it is real. You are talking to us and also to
avoid wrong delivery if you are still alive.

Please file your full information where the ATM CARD will be
delivered to your doorstep without any further delay.

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Marital Status:
4. Your age
5. Nationality:
6. Country of Residence:
7. Telephone / Fax Number:

Dr.Tony Moore.
+23499849290 or 22965905271

I am looking forward to hear from you.

Dr.Tony Moore.

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