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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: Thiatus Wilson <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:52:11 -0700
Subject: Good News

With utmost felicitation, We are pleased to announce to you the
official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online
Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard Inc®, in conjunction with the
foundation for the promotion of MasterCard/Visa Card products(F.P.S),
the Credit Card Lottery Promo held on October 2022, we wish to
congratulate you for being among the twelve (12) lucky winners in the
on-going online promo, where you (through an electronic e-mail
database random selection) emerged as one of the twelve lucky(12)
winners. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be
active in using MasterCard/Visa Card products, you have been approved
by MasterCard/Visa Card International to receive an accredited MasterCard
with the sum of $5,800, 000.00 (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand US
Dollars), with the MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg.
No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.

Therefore we have registered your package via Dhl Express this morning
and we agreed that the delivery of your $5.8M ATM CARD consignment
Box will take off tomorrow morning. So contact them with your full
info. Where your fund will be delivered to you.

(1) Full names: --------------------
(2) Phone line: --------------------------
(3) Country of origin: --------------------------
(4) Age: ------------------------------
(5) Occupation: -----------------------------
(6)Home address: -----------------------------

Contact Mr. Ojoka Brown
Dhl Manager

Best Regards,
Thiatus Wilson

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