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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. Antony Wood" <"www.">
Reply-To: " Mr. Antony Wood" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 01:18:47 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention please

Attention please

We have credited your total fund of $10.5 million, valid fund into an ATM Master
Card and I have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery fee of the ATM Card
To you, Now I want you to contact UPS Express with below Information,

UPS, Express Customer Service

Director Mr. Antony Wood

Email Address;(

Phone number (+229)-99462145

contact with your valid information,

Your full name....
Your home address..
Your direct phone number...
Your Occupation.......
your Age number
so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your designated
address without any delay.


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