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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. Eric M. Thorson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:18:25 +0100
Subject: ***SPAM*** Update Regarding Your Un-Paid Funds.

U.S. Department Of The Treasury
Address: 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220 USA.

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider,
we urge you to treat it genuinely......

I have registered your ATM CARD of ($2.5MILLION DOLLARS) with DIAMOND EXPRESS COURIER customer service with registration code of (9665776) please Contact with your delivery information:

1. Your Full Name................
2. Your Telephone No..........
3. Your Country................
4. Your Home Address........


Name: MR. David Reetz

We have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is their Security Keeping fee of 250$ only. Please indicates the registration Number of (9665776) Furnish them with your Address and Phone number for your delivery.

Best Regards
Mr. Eric M. Thorson
U.S. Department Of The Treasury

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