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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: "Caroline Anthony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:31:13 +0300

The sum of $10.5 million (Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) out of your over due total sum has been approved for payment through ATM cash card system after all attempts to pay you through bank, and diplomatic courier failed.
The approved sum has been programmed into the ATM cash card which will be dispatched to you through your address upon reconfirmation. I have made several attempts to contact you and this is the 3rd and perhaps the last letter to you in respect to this matter.
Meanwhile, I received a power of attorney from one Mr. Carlvaho Reeves from U.S.A purportedly issued by you asking us to change the fund beneficiary to his name.
However, you should send your Full Names/Telephone Number(s)/Residential Address/Gender and Occupation, to Mr. Steigerwald Francis immediately for your compensation payment by replying to this email or emailing the address below:
Mr. Steigerwald Francis
Phone Number:+1-507-216-4386
He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email.
NOTE: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is just $175 (One Hundred And Seventy Five United State Dollars) nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort!
Upon receipt of payment the payment officer will ensure that  your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because I am very sure of everything, I am giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package  within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.
Good luck and kind regards
Making the world a better place!
Caroline Anthony

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