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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 Muhammadi Ali <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2022 07:41:11 -0700
Subject: Attention Dear,

Attention Dear,

I wish to informed you that due to your delaying in respond to your
funds $10.5 million USD . We finally deposited your funds with Regions
Bank of Florida USA.

Contact our personal Attorney in USA to help you get your Master Card
through Regions Bank (Orange Bowl Branch) Florida. ATM DEPARTMENT

Contact him through his contact details below

Name ; Attorney Mark Ben
Telephone +1 937 614 3630

Now I want you to send your full delivery

Your FULL name
Your country
Your home address And Office Address
Your Telephone number
Your ID Copy

Let me share the joy with you as soon as you get your master card.
Indicate the code of conduct (ATM pin 0511) to him.

Thank You and remain blessed
Mr Muhammadi Ali

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