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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: Office <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 19:25:19 +0100

Your package worth the total sum of 12,000,000 united states dollar.
Was in an ATM CARD here in my office. It was deposited to this
office by the United Nations {HEAD CONSULTANT} saying that it was won
by your email address in their ongoing online random selection
Compensation Program 2022 in association with the International
Corporation San Diego OIL & GAS LTD and also for those who has been
scammed through
Online dating, and for those who has paid fees after fees without
getting anything in return etc the email is for you. What you have to
do now ,is to
comply with your information and as soon as we confirm your details
our delivery team will commence with the delivery of your ATM CARD to
your address immediately. Your required to submit information below
Such as: Your Full Name:.............
Your Home address:...........
Your email address..........
You’re Country:................
Your phone number............

We shall proceed on your delivery as soon as we confirm your information

Note: that if you can't follow my instructions no what to do to
Receive your ATM Card,
please don't bother to reply back because it will not help us in anywhere.
God bless you as you read this good news...

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