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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: James Moore <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 14:13:19 -0700

Attention My Dear

Welcome to moneygram office company Home Delivery Company,
we are very grateful to be at your service. You have a ATM card worth
$10.9 million dollars
and consignment box worth $8million dollars in our office which was sent to you
by Federal Ministry Of Finance World Compensation (FMF) USA,
you are required to summit the following personal details listed below
to our office via e-mail so that your package will be delivered to you
at your door step within 24hours without any delay or stoppage from
anybody. We would like you to receive the package within this Month.

Your Name_______
Mobile phone No_____
Your home address___
City Airport______
Zip / Postal Code______

Thanks for your kind understanding, hope to hear from your soon, God bless.

Best Regard
Mr James Moore moneygram office
Senior Delivery Officer Official.

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