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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. Dan Andrew" <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 16:31:36 +0800
Subject: One World International Delivery Company


*Dear CustomerThis is One World International Delivery Company, we wish
to officially inform you that we received an ATM card parcel valued $5
Million USD to be delivered to your residential address in your
country.This parcel was brought to our notice this morning from an agent of
International monetary fund and(IMF), kindly reconfirm the below
information's properly to avoid any form of mistake during delivery of your
International ATM card parcel to a wrong hand.1. YOUR FULL NAMES:2.
AIRPORT:11. COPY OF UR PASSPORT OR ID.Therefore you are warned to stop any
further communication with anybody concerning your inheritance fund.We will
register your parcel and send you the tracking number for safety delivery
of your parcel as soon as you reconfirm the required information for safety
delivery to your residential address in your Country.One world is one of
the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the
delivery of packages and information's. In the past 36 years, we've grown
up and grown into a diverse family of companies as one world that’s bigger,
stronger, better than ever.Yours affectionately.Mr. Dan AndrewDispatch

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