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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: "Mrs. Susan Wei" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 10:08:02 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary

Attn: Beneficiary,
Am happy to inform you today that I've successfully transferred that funds with the help of a new partner from Kuwait. Presently I'm in Kuwait at the moment for an oil investment projects with him, but I've kept an ATM DEBIT VISA CARD that contains USD $ 2,500,000.00. (Two Million, Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars), as a compensation to you for all you did for me during that time I was trying to transfer the funds some years ago.
I did not forget your efforts that time,as you really tried for me, hence am sending you this fund as a compensation through a secure ATM Card which you can use to ithdraw the Fund at any ATM Machine in any location Worldwide, with maximum daily limit amount of USD $ 15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars). So, please quickly contact my secretary through the below information,so that he will send the ATM Card to you
without delay.
Name: Mr. Williams Donald
Email address: (
Tel Phone: +22951813796
At the moment, I may not have access to communicate fluently with my secretary or anyone due to the oil investment project I have at hand here in Kuwait which is consuming all my time, but I left him an instruction for
your contact OK. This is your PIN CODE of the ATM DEBIT VISA CARD (Pin-6670) and so it is only the card that my secretary will be sending to you. Good luck and thank you so much for everything. I wish that you use
the funds wisely.
Regards Best,
Mrs. Susan Wei


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