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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.Johnson Tony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:01:05 +0100

Attention: Dear Customer.
How are you? hope all is well with you and your family.I know that you
might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to our mistake
to delay the delivery up till now.I am writing to inform you that your
file was found in our office today and we discovered that your cheque of
$10.5Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was
instructed by our late boss Mrs. Victoria Linda.
We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us
because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete the
instruction giving by our Boss.Note My dear, that your cheque has been
convert into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to tell
you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $10.5 Million in ATM CARD
is concluded today.
Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover
it form not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your
Federal Government and we have deposit your ATM Card with the conclusion
to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them with you current
1. Your Full name,________________
2. Your home Address,______________
3. Your current telephone number,______
4. A copy of your picture,_____________
5. Your age/sex,____________________
6. Your country,____________________
7. Your occupation,__________________
For your Information, We have paid for the delivery charges.but did not
paid the security keeping charge due to the fact that we did not know
when you will contact them, Therefore you should please contact them now to
avoid additional cost of demurrage , after 3days, it should be counting
on demurrage.Therefore you should contact them immediately to avoid
any demurrage or keeping fees to them ok, I deposited it Yesterday. My
dear,you should contact the ATM Center Director on this below
E-mail. (
Contact Person; Rev .Mr Gaburel HenrryTele
Thanks and God Bless You.
Yours sincerely
Mr.Johnson Tony

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