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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.Robert Smith" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Robert Smith" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:47:32 +0900 (JST)


This is Mr.Robert Smith the agent responsible for delivery of your ATM card containing $15 million. To check the update status of your shipment, here is your tracking number 3239565033.DHL

I am still in CINCINNATI HUB, OH - USA. The authorities are demanding for your parcel Ownership papers which was not found in your parcel and they said that it will cost you only sum of $195USD to obtain it from them Below is our accountant's information for you to send the $195usd through Money Gram or Western Union transfer office.

Receiver Name:.....CHARLS AMINO
Country:.........Benin Republic
Text Question:.....In God
Text Answer:.......We trust
sender's name.......
Reference number.....

Confirm your information,
Full name.
cell number.

You can contact me via email on. (
I am looking forward to your text.Here is my phone +1(778) 403-3734. Call or text me now
Mr.Robert Smith

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