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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. Joy E. Teschner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <officeatmcard27@gmail.con>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:50:48 -0300

Attention Beneficiary,

>From Mrs. Joy, this letter is to notify you about the meeting that has been going on for the pass
1 month which ended today with the Secretary General to the United Nation.

We found your name in our scam list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed
upon and have been signed by UNITED NATIONS to compensate you with the sum of USD$500,000.00 as one
of the scam victim.

You are here by advise to forward your information where your ATM MASTER CARD
that has been prepaid and ready to be send to you will be deliver.

I shall be waiting for your response upon the receiver of this message.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Reply To: E-mail
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Joy E. Teschner

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