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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. Helen Williams" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:25:58 -0700
Subject: Attention: Please,

Attention: Please,

How are you today? This is to notify you that we have arranged your compensation payment of US$2.5 MILLION USD through ATM Card and it was registered with EXCEL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY as a (PACKAGE) to be deliver to your destination and you are to withdraw your money in any ATM machine worldwide at the maximum rate of $10,000.00 per day.

Therefore do not hesitate to contact Excel Express Courier Company with the following information listed below to enable their agent to deliver the ATM Card to you with immediate effect.

(1) Your Full Name:..........
(2) Your Residential Address:.......
(3) Your Occupation:.................
(4) Your Telephone Number:............
(5) A Copy of Your ID Card:............

So kindly forward your personal details to EXCEL EXPRESS COURIER DIRECTOR below as mandated to enable you receive ATM Card and stop further communication with any individual, office's or government bodies except the EXCEL EXPRESS COURIER to avoid hitches in receiving your ATM CARD.

Director Name: Mr. Kenneth Nwachukwu
Whatsapp: (+229) 5541 3694
Telephone Number: (+229) 9194 7764
E-mail: ( )

Note: That because of impostors, the Excel Express Courier Company issued their Code of Conduct which is (COC/BR13/220) to you for security reasons, so don't forget to indicate this code when contacting ATM payment center by using it as your subject.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Helen Williams.

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