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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: Mrs Angela Blake <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 17:04:41 +0100

Your unclaimed compensation has been registered via ATM CARD worth
US$2,700,000.00 with Courier Service Company with registration code of (
DCJKT00678G ). please kindly contact me with your delivery information such

Your Full Name,
Your Address,
Your Office Address,
Your Nationality,
Your Telephone Number,
Your ID Copy and a picture,
Your Nearest Airport for delivery of your ATM CARD Package.

The Insurance fee has been paid & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay is $255.00 for the authorization and documentation of your name on the
legal documents as the rightful beneficiary for the approval of said fund
via ATM Card. Please kindly indicate the registration Number including your
details and Security keeping Fee only which was required from you up to the
delivery of your package down to your home as the rightful beneficiary to
the unclaimed compensation for scam victim.

Thank you for your understanding and God bless you as you furnish us your
details for Documentation of your name on the legal documents for the
delivery via ATM MASTER CARD.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Angela Blake.

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