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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: "Mrs Helen Egobia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:56:06 -0800

Attention Please!!!
I have registered your ATM VISA CARD of ($4.5 million  USD) with US Post-service with registration code of ( Shipment Code EK777605594US). please contact us with your delivery information such as:- Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number. and also know our Branch in california and you can call or text us,
Name of DR:  HARRY  YarYar
E-mail: (
number (412) 387-7238 / +1
I have paid for the Insurance & activation.The only fee you have to pay is the
compulsory $500 delivery fee only.Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him for the information to send the delivery fee
Best Regards,
Mrs Helen Egobia

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