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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: "Dr. Shirley White" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:56:21 -0700
Subject: Your Atm Card Is Ready For Delivery.

I'm please to informed you that your ATM CARD valued at US$1.8M has been deposited to DHL Express delivery with shipment code awb-33xzs. You are advised to contact Mr Olise Martin via E-mail: ( ) and Tel: +234-813169249 Nigeria to claim your package.
Kindly reconfirm your full names, home/office address and mobile phone number and identify card for clarification and verification.
Note, I have paid insurance & delivery charges of the ATM Card, the only fee you will be required to pay is official stamp duty fee $125. Please indicate the registration number and pay the stamp duty fee to receive the ATM card.
Dr. Shirley White

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