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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 john paul <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr john paul <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:26:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Owner Of The ATM CARD.

Attention Owner Of The ATM CARD.

I have registered Your ATM CARD of USD12.8. with DHL Express Courier Company
with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs). please Contact with
your delivery information such as,
Your Name,
Your Address and Your
Telephone Number
Mr john paul
Office NUMBER : +229-99795931

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to
is their Security fee $85 Please indicate the registration Number and ask
Him how to pay their Security fee of $85 so that you can pay it
Best Regards,
Mr john paul

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