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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 Frank William <>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:47:17 +0100
Subject: your ATM Card,

This is to Inform you that ATM Card Number:(4278763100030014) worth
USD$10.5M has been accredited to you.Contact Mr Frank William with
your Official Name,Country,Zip Code,Mailing
Address,Age,Sex,Occupation,Tel:#, on (
for the delivery of your ATM Card,

Remember that this person has received his parcel and is enjoying his
benefit now.
Tracking: 811321952692
Tracking: 812316628079
Tracking: 812316628300

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