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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. Dennis Utah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 01:19:24 -0800
Subject: Contact Mr. Francis Williams For Your ATM Visa Card.

Attention: Dear friend,
This is to inform you that the agent assigned to deliver your ATM Card Package worth of US$1.500.000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) is currently at (DFW International Airport, Texas) and he misplaced your contact information on his arrival during the inspection at the airport, so you are to contact him with the following information below in order to deliver the package to your destination today.
Your Full Name: ============
Your Current Address: ==============
Your Telephone/ Mobile Number: ==============
Name of Your Nearest Airport: ==============
A Copy of Your Passport/Drivers License: ==============
So kindly contact the agent with your personal information or call him on phone.
Contact Person: Mr. Francis Williams
E-mail: ( )
Telephone Number: (214) 585-5005
Meanwhile I register the package as a family treasure because I don't want the agent to know content of the package for security seasons and remember I paid for the registration and delivery fee but the only fee you are required to pay is US$295.00 to obtain the Int'l Delivery Permits before the custom will allow the agent to complete his delivery to your designated address.
Best Regards,
Mr. Dennis Utah.

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