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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: Charles Ben Marek <>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2022 19:44:27 +0200
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

my dear friend,

We would like to inform you that your payment of $2.5 million has been delayed.
USD must be paid via an ATM card that you have verified.
You must go to an ATM to withdraw.
$20,000, twice a day until funds are complete.

Meanwhile, a valid ATM CARD is registered with the DHL Courier Company.
as a package. All you have to do now is contact them.
Information below along with immediate shipping address
Delivered to your shipping address without delay.

1 name
2 home address
3 Current phone number.
4 Your age.
5 Your country.
6 Your job is ...

CEO Charles Ben Marek (SAN),
What is the App Phone: Mobile: +22969457865
Email Address ; (
Thanks, Mrs. Chala Bruce

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