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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: Fast Courier Express <>
Reply-To: Fast Courier Express <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:51:16 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

I want you to contact
Fast Courier Express & Logistics
so that swill send you the ATM card fast. mind you that as soon as you
received your ATM card you have to be taking 5000 dollars every day until the
total amount of your fund which is 3,8 million dollars okay contact
them they will also give you ,your
tracking so that you will know where your card is okay
Fast Courier Express & Logistics
Office Address: 223 CAVALRY
06 BP 700 Cotonou, Republic of Benin
E-mail: {}Website:
Telephone:+234 703 246 2251

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