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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 Edward Frank <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr Edward Frank <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 19:01:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention please!

Good day dear!This is diplomatic agent Mr Edward Frank from DHL_Office
California,how are you and your family members?your ATM card 0f $3.5million usd
from Bank of America with registration code of wqp-42tw was deposited to our
office today.
It was deposited with all the documents backing it up from Bank of America,
please i will like you to reconfirm your
Full name................
Id card..........
Color of your Building........And
Current available phone number....!
To enable us obtain the delivery document to avoid wrong delivery,contact
immediately for immediate delivery because we have enough packages to still be
deliver to the owners.
Note you might receive this email as a spam or in your inbox because we are
unable to control the I.P network direct to your inbox.
Mr Edward Frank +1(442-999-2508)

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