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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: John william <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 03:59:49 -0700
Subject: ATM CARD

Dear friend,

Good day my dear friend, how are you? Longest time. I'm happy to
inform you about my success in getting those inheritance funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Czech
republic. Presently I'm in INDIA for investment projects with my own
share of the total sum. Meanwhile, i didn't forget your past efforts
and attempts to assist me in transferring of those inheritance funds
despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary in Lome
Togo west Africa, his name is Mr. Donald Philip on his email address
( ) ask him to send you the total of
($500,000.00), five hundred thousand united states dollars which i
kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to
assist me in the transaction. I appreciated your efforts by that time
very much. So feel free to contact my secretary Mr. Donald, and
instruct him where to send you ATM CARD of the total sum
of($500,000.00). Please do let me know immediately you receive it so
that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time. In the
moment, I'm very very busy here because of the investment projects
which i am having with my new partner at hand, finally remember that I
had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive
that ATM CARD of ($500,000.00) so feel free to get in touch with Mr.
Donald Philip, he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Best regards,

Mr.John William.

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