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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: "Mr. James Adili." <>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2023 13:31:50 +0100
Subject: I have registered the ATM master card

I have registered the ATM master card with FedEx Delivery Company this
morning as we agreed and the delivery will take off tomorrow morning
based on my agreement with FedEx manager Mr. Walter Brown Phone no:
(+234)70-3595-2981 and the only fee you will send to him is their
delivery fee of $35 only so contact and ask him for the payment
information you will use to send him the $35, MOST IMPORTANT:reconfirm
your current delivery address to him then contact him via the
following email { } I will not be reached
till OCT 20th,2023.Your amount in the Card is $22.8 Million and the
PIN code of your ATM CARD is: {0608} Thanks
Mr. James Adili.

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