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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. Harris Mark" <xx@yy>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2022 04:27:45 -0700
Subject: [GSN Suspected Spam]
I can be reached on (206) 6012-2305

I am Harris Mark, the special delivery agent assigned by the UNITED NATIONS Office For Humanitarians Affairs to make the delivery of your $1.8million usd in Cash to your door-steps. I am presently in Los Angeles and i have received and noted your
delivery information. I have made arrangement with DHL to complete the delivery since it will be less expensive and their delivery charges is $100. The money mapped out for this delivery has exhausted and i cannot afford the fees, therefore you are hereby advise to remit to me via MONEY Gram.

I will update you with the receiver's information as soon as i hear from you.

Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr. Harris Mark
I can be reached on (206) 6012-2305.
Special Delivery Agent EMAIL;

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