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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: Retired Reverend Steve Parckers <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 23:10:37 -0700
Subject: Contact FEDEX COMPANY for your shipment.

Dear Beneficiary,
This is to bring you notice that the issuing bank has released your
inheritance fund value (Us$3.500,000.00 Dollars) US$ 3.5 Million They
converted the fund into ATM CARD,The A.T.M have been programmed by the
issuing bank,note that the issuing bank has package the ATM with
secret code and registered it with FEDERAL EXPRESS COMPANY to delivery
to you,your ATM card number is (5428050011004432)and the Security pin
code has been credited in your favor,your personal Identification

Contact FEDEX COMPANY for the shipment.

According to the approval of your ATM CARD by the manager of the
issuing bank,the maximum amount sign for you to be withdrawing is sum
of $3,000 usd only daily until you withdraw all your total fund
credited on your ATM account(Us$3.500,000.00 Dollars),

FedEx Shipping Center.

We have your below contact detail here on your payment file which we
have already submitted to the FedEx office .


But for reconfirmation & to ensure accurateness, you are advice to
also provide them your full contact details as stated below:

1. Your full name................
2. Contact Address..........
3. Private telephone number...................
4. Sex/Age?..............
5. Occupation?...........
6. Country Of Origin......
7. Attached any of Your Identification Copy........
Your should pay $105 USD,to FedEx Company for the shipping charges.

FedEx Company will contact you with the waybill tracking number
immediately after you have paid for the ATM CARD shipping charge to
dispatch your parcel from FedEx Office to your country.


Retired Reverend Steve Parckers .
For the Management .
Contact FEDEX COMPANY for your shipment.

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