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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. Jim Pees" <".www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Jim Pees" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:53:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello

Attention please,

I just received an email from Mr.

Leonard larry the Director Of NEW


the ATM CARD valued the sum of ($2.5

Million Dollars) which I sent to you

was returned back due to wrong

address provided, They need the

reconfirmation of the following


Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone Number:
Your Age and occupation:

Contact them with the following

information immediately:

Mr. Leonard larry
Telephone: +229 99455039


They will require you to pay for

International Delivery Permit

Certificate fee, please don't

hesitate, pay it immediately so they

will recommence the shipment and also

forward your tracking information to

you. Just send me a brief email as

soon as you received the shipment.

Your registration code is

(FTCS/14160/2017), use it as your

subject when contacting them so they

will recognize you and attend to you

without any delay.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards

Mr. Jim Pees

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