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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. Kevin Anthony" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2023 15:52:24 +0100
Subject: Attention My dear your funds is $3.700`000000 USD in your ATM CARD

Attention My dear,

We have deposited your fund ($3.700`000000 USD) through DHL department
after our finally meeting regarding your ATM CARD, All you will do is
to contact DHL director Dr.Victor Ben via

will give you direction on how you will be receiving your ATM CARD.
Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong delivery
such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though,DHL department you will receive your ATM CARD so contact Mr.
Kevin Anthony or you call him +229-62090846 as soon as you receive
this email and tell him to show you the way you will receive your ATM

Best Regards.

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