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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: "Ekel Frankly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 14:24:30 +0100
Subject: FedEx Re Star Express

FedEx Re Star Express
70 International Airport Road Mafoluku
Lagos Nigeria
Your ATM Card From United Bank for Africa (UBA) was brought to us which is ready to be shipped and below is the tracking details Your Tracking Number: 800277347645    All you have to do is that You have to send $120 for Delivery and Insurance fee and your ATM Card will delivered to you within 24 hours.
And i want to make it known to you that after you send this $120 charges there will be a smooth delivery and there won't be any extra charges because everything will has to with the delivery has been taken care of just only this $120 charges is what that is required of you.
You are hereby advise to send the charges of the $120 for cost of the shipping fee through Ria Money Transfer with this info below
Receiver's Name :
Receiver's Address: Lagos Nigeria
Waiting to hear from you ASAP. Contacted :
Ekel Frankly

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