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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. Frank Johnson" <>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:06:43 +0100
Subject: Attention Your ATM Card Delivering,

Attention Your ATM Card Delivering,

I wish to notify you that our Delivering Agent has arrived at St. Louis
Lambert International Airport,(St. Louis, Missouri,) with your ATM Card
Package. His Name is Mr. Robert Leon. He has been there with your ATM
CARD Package Which Contains Your Unclaimed Compensation Payment worth of
Four Million Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($4.6 Million, US
Dollars) From United Nations Fund Compensation Unit office here in

Therefore Email him your address on how to reach to your door step
including your phone number. Don’t let Him know how much the package
contain, try follow the instruction as I told you. Email him with this
email address ( Telephone: (314) 254 0578
reconfirm your delivering information to him now.

Your Name___
Your Country__
Your Address___
Your Age___
Your Occupation___
Your Airport___
Direct Phone number__

Mr. Frank Johnson
UN Delivering Manager
Phone +229-62709453

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