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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: Dr Mrs Mariam Abacha <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 16:12:33 +0100
Subject: +2347025849773 Dr Mrs Mariam Abacha

how are you
i want you to contact bank for your payment ,your atm card is ready
due to i have not heard from you all this while , one of your
contraite friend wrote me that you are dead i dont know how he knows
about this transaction . your 9,500,000 has been load into your atm

card by the manager of emlard bank mr emmanuel
obi .you have to send me your account details, house address, direct
telephone number,state of origin , for the process of the atm card ,
you can make a witdral of 20,000 every day this is the pin number
given to me by the bank to give you 7089 , activation code number 6990
here is the scan copy of the atm,card

Dr Mrs Mariam Abacha

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