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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.Jason Kushner" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2022 22:29:59 -0700


Your contract inheritance fund have been approved and packaged in an
ATM CARD with FedEx. All you have to do is to contact
dispatch officer: Email: ,He will give you
direction on how you will receive your ATM valued sum of
$4.5million.You are

expected to pay for the bulk delivery charge of only $100 instead of
$135.99 due to the contract signed with them for bulk shipping.Email
them with above address, the contact person is Rev Dan Benster with
phone number; +229 67682475.

Thank you.
Mr.Jason Kushner

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