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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. David Jim Brown" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 15:35:44 -0800

Dear Owner,

The Shipment Of Your Consignment Boxes Worth $8million is ready to be
delivered. Contact via Email ( ) for the
delivery details.Please reconfirm your full details as stated below.

Your Full Name: .....................
Home Address: ....................
Your Direct Telephone Number: .......................

Mr.David Wilson
Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit.
Contact Email ( )

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