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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 Grace Ame <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:20:36 +0200
Subject: I have registered your ATM CARD of $1.5 Million united states dollars

I have registered your ATM CARD of $1.5 Million united states dollars
with DHL Courier Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb
33xzs,ATM Card Registered Code No xgt442.Security Code
sctc/2001dhx/567/;Transaction Code 233/cstc/101/33028/; Certificate
Deposit code; sctc/bun/xxiv/-78/01).

please Contact with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your
Address and Your Telephone Number:

Courier Office: DHL
Name of Dir:David Mark

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to
pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number.

Now I want you to contact DHL with your Full Contact information so that
they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated address without any
delay, like I stated earlier,the delivery charges have been paid but I
did not pay their safety fee since they refused, they refused and the
reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and
demurrage might have increase. They told me that their keeping fee is

Best Regards,
Mrs Grace Ame

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