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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: "Edward Scott" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 04:52:56 -0700

Hello Dear,

How are you today, ?

What is happening? We have sent several messages without getting any
response from you why? does it mean you don't need your funds no more ?

Many beneficiaries have stated receiving their funds , and the
management of our Bank has issued two Master Cards (ATM) in your name
waiting for you to get back to us for collection you. We will
provide you with the services of our diplomatic courier that will
handle the delivery of your Cards to you .

Endeavor to get back to us now if you are still interested in your funds.


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