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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.Dan Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:14:01 -0700
Subject: ATM CARD

Dear Friend.
I have registered your ATM CARD of $2.5million with One World Courier
Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs, ATM Card
Registered Code No xgt442. Security Code sctc/2001dhx/567/;Transaction
Code 233/cstc/101/33028/; Certificate Deposit code;
sctc/bun/xxiv/-78/01). please Contact with your delivery information
such as, Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:
Courier Office: One World Courier
Name of Director :Mr.Dan Williams
I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to
pay is their Security keeping fee only .
Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you can pay it.
Best Regards,
Mrs Rita Mulley

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