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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.LIAM MOOR" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 14:36:56 +0100

Dear Beneficiary
Greetings From The Department of Homeland Security United States of
America. Your total funds worth $ 5.500.000.00 USD will be delivered
to your home address through any company of your choice from the below
mentioned so kindly update us:
We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to
pay you, your over due Winning Prize / inheritance fund which you
could not complete the process of the released of your transfer pin
code through the Digitized Payment System. And you have spent a lot of
money and a lot time sending money to different people just to make
sure you receive your fund and after set and done your received
We have decided to pay your funds through (ATM VISA Card) This
arrangement was initiated / constituted by the World Bank, United
Nation and Bank of America, due to fraudulent activities going on
within the world, The World Bank, United Nations and Bank of America
introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our Contract, Winning
Prize, inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund without any
The ATM VISA Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLDWIDE.
The ATM VISA CARD is credited with the sum of $ 5.500.000.00 united
states dollars, it is already loaded on the Master Card which you can
use to access your fund in any ATM machine worldwide and we have
concluded delivery arrangement with the below courier services
companies and their delivery time is stated below.
1; FedEx = 9hrs($ 200, iTunes card or buy an Steam card $ 200)
2; DHL = 15hrs($ 150, iTunes card or buy an Steam card $ 150)
3; UPS = 24hrs($ 100, iTunes card or buy an Steam card $ 100)
To enable the delivery proceed immediately today, Note that you will
be liable to pay the delivery fee of the ATM VISA Card with any of the
above courier company of your choice before the delivery will take
place to your destination address, Kindly provide them with the below
details in your response to this email address: let them know which courier company you would
want them to use for the shipment of your ATM VISA Card to you. kindly
reconfirm your delivery address to avoid delivery your package to the
wrong person.
Best regards,
Homeland Security secretary.
very urgent.

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