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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: "Scott Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2023 16:56:56 -0800

Attention beneficiary,

Be inform that we have been authorized by the United Nations debt
reconciliation unit, to release your approved compensation and award
of four million five hundred thousand dollars $4,500,000.00 usd,
however, for security reasons, your compensation funds of
$4,500,000.00 usd. has been loaded in atm visa card and this will
enable only you to have direct control over your are advice
to contact our director of atm card payment center Mr. Donald
Lucas.and request him to send your atm card to you.

Contact him through the below stated information and forward your
personal details to him.

contact person: Mr. Donald Lucas
phone number: +229 59799795
email address:

Remember to send him your full information as required below to avoid
wrongful delivery such as:

First name:
Last name:
Telephone no:
Residential address:
Zip/postal code:

Note: that the amount to be paid to you is ( $4.5 million united
states dollars ) we expect your urgent response to this email to
enable us monitor the payment effectively.

Best regards
Scott Martins

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