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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: "Mrs.Paddy Rose," <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 13:45:47 -0700
Subject: Re; Dear Beneficiary contact


This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of
your fund transfer through the Money Gram network, we have credited
your total of $2.5 million valid fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I
have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of the ATM Card to
you, I paid it because the ATM Card worth of $2,500,000.00 which I
have registered it delivery yesterday has less than 21 days to expire
in the custody of the FedEx Company and when it expires, the money
will go into Federal Government treasury account. With that we decided
to help you pay off the money so that the ATM Card will not expire,
because I trust that when you receive your ATM Card definitely you
must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact FedEx Delivery Company at: with your physical address you
desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card
to your designated address without any delay.Like I stated earlier,
the crediting re-activation, delivery and the company registration
charges has been paid by me, but we did not pay their official keeping
fees since they refused, they refused and the reason is that they do
not know when you are going to contact them and the demur-rage might
have increased by then, They told me that their keeping fees is $50
per day only, and I deposited it yesterday on 19th of March 2022

Below is the Contact Information of the
FedEx Delivery Company
Director Mr.Edward Tony Mark
Email Address;
Phone number +229 625-647-78

Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping
charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you
receive your ATM card, Important Notice, your ATM CARD package was
registered as a gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the
content of your package okay.

Mrs.Paddy Rose,
Re; Dear Beneficiary contact

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