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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.johnwilliams" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:53:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good Day

Congratulations, I am Mr.John Williams, From DHL Company,
Contact Us with Your Delivery Address where To Deliver Your ATM CARD
Contain Sum Of $2.8Musd As Federal Government Has Approve And
Instructed Us To Deliver Your Atm Card very urgent To You,here is
we needed from you.Home Address,Country ,City ,Phone,Occupation, And
Your Identification Id Card To Commence Your Delivery Today, Please
t Fail to call Me (+229 990 24240) immediately you finish sent us an
Email (

Best Regards
+229 990 24240

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