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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: DORRIS MULLER <"www.">
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:15:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention,

This is to bring to your notice that your card (ATM) valued $10,500,000 has
been delivered to our office from Zenith Bank for immediate delivery to your
address. From the file associated with the file, you were one of the lucky ones
selected globally for compensation as a mean of restoring back those that have
lost their money previously as a result of failed transactions. Therefore, to
ensure authenticity kindly re-confirm fully your present address to avoid wrong

1. Your full Names
2. Present address
3. Phone Number

As a matter of urgency, you should act in swift as we want to ship the second
batch this week, any further delay will result in returning it as unclaimed.

Best regards,

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