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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. King Usman" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. King Usman" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:06:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention


We have deposited your fund ($7.500`000000USD) through DHL department after our finally meeting regarding your ATM CARD, All you will do is to contact DHL director Mr.Frank Anthony, he will give you direction on how you will be receiving your ATM CARD .Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong delivery such as,
Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________
Through, DHL department you will receive your ATM CARD so contact Mr.Frank Anthony or you call him +1.626.722.4106 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to show you the way you will receive your ATM CARD.
Best Regards.
Mr. King Usman

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