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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.Michele" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mrs.Michele" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:05:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear Friend,

Hello Dear Friend,

I have registered your ATM MASTER CARD with DHL COMPANY this morning and we
agreed up that the delivery of your ATM CARD will take off tomorrow morning,
So reconfirm your delivery address to DHL New Director Mr.MR RICHIE YOUNG via
below email or fax:

(1)Your Full Name=========
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3) Home Address=====

Contact New Director:Mr.MR RICHIE YOUNG
Email Address: ( Direct Office line:
Contact him urgently because I will not be at office till november 28th, 2016.
amount in your Card is US$2.5 Million dollars and your Pin code is:(2525)
Please change your email password before replying to this email for security

Mrs.Michele Flower.

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