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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 John Mark <>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2023 15:59:12 -0800
Subject: Attention:::::

This will be the last time am going to notify you concerning your
abandon consignment box because of some clearance
certificate which was in high rate prize before but we are now
instructed to delivery to all the beneficiary involved as soon as he
come up with any amount starting from $75 USD this is your very last
opportunity because I will take it back to the country origin and it
will be moved into government own treasure account for building of
roads and other facilities in the country

This instruction is from the Federal Government in conjunction with
the director UPS delivery company
Signed and seal
we have accept $75 from the fee you will pay before you will receiver
the consignment box thank you and God bless you

If you have be block to send through
Western Union or money Gram, Just use the $75 and Buy iTunes Card and
send to us the Number,with the
copy attached, ok

Receiver Name :: JEAN ANO

Country ::: Benin Republic

City ::: Cotonou

Test-quest ::: In God

Answer ::: We Trust

Sender's name

MTCN number .

Amount :: $75

I wait the payment receipt once you get it done contact through

calls or whatsapp Phone: +229 59993658

Mr John Mark

Thank you

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