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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: "Attn:" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:00:13 -0800
Subject: Attn:


Did you receive the mail I sent to you before? An ATM MasterCard which has
your inheritance payment of $16.5 Million Dollars, is ready now. However Mrs.
Cain Willis D’Souza from your country sent an e-mail to us and claims that you
are dead and she is authorized to claim the ATM MasterCard. Please e-mail me
( )so that I may determine the
authorized recipient of
the ATM Master card. If your alive reconfirm us your details as stated below
Security reason to avoid wrong delivery,for more information.
1. Full Name,
2. Address,
3. Phone number,
4. Age,
5. Occupation,
6. sex(m/F),

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