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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: "Ms Mackerel Gohr" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 13:54:00 -0200
Subject: Re: Are you aware?

Attn: Please
Please from our list of account provided for the collection of your long overdue reward.
We noticed the other account has little error as this could not let us  credit the $3.2 Million due you.
Alternatively, Let us know your preferred mode of payment as we could issue you a Bank check or ATM Card in your name.
However, we discovered you have been dealing with some people claiming to be from our office; we strictly advise you desist from anybody who has no afiliation with us to avoid being ripped f your money.
In view of this, Kindly indicate to enable us proceed with the arrangement and all necessary documentation issued.
Again,it is very important you keep this matter confidentially to avoid a third party coming behind you to claim Your payment which we have experienced so many times in the past 16 years of our service to
beneficiaries  for payment.
In view of this, we have 3 options of payment mode for you which are:
*Automated Telex Machine  (ATM Card)
*Bank Draft Payment
*Bank Transfer
Upon confirmation of your choice payment, we shall attach to you the required details and fee for the processing.
Should you have any relevant question(s)/Inquiry, do not hesitate to relate with our office.
Best regards,
Ms Mackerel Gohr
Director ( Paying Unit)
The information contained in this communication is confidential,private, proprietary, or otherwise privileged and is intended only for the use of the addressee. Unauthorized use,disclosure, distribution or copying is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately. Thank you

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