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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: Augustine David <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 15:06:11 +0100
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

This is to inform you that I have registered your card valued
$50, million through courier company DHL, the registration code is:
awb 37xzu.
Kindly re-confirm your information to avoid wrong claim,

Full Name.....
Phone Number.........
Delivery Address........

Contact Mr RUSSELL MARTIN eleanor Email
I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
pay is $25.00 their Security fee Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him how to pay their Security fee of $25.00
Because I can use the $25.00 to settle the security and after you send
the fee immediately so That after only 45 minutes you receive the
package to your home address immediately

Your Delivery will proceed as soon as Possible.


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