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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. George Lisa." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 08:57:40 -0400

Dear Beneficiary.
This email is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and a computer hard disk in our custody here in Nigeria. so therefore you have being compensated with $2.5 Million Dollars. we have also arrested all those who claim that they are barristers,bank officials,lottery Agent who has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such fund which does not exist.
Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of $2.5 Million,we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center.You have to provide deliver information so that you will able to get this funds to your home address.
We have arranged your payment through our ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific; this is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.
We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, and the maximum daily limit is 5 Thousand United States Dollars ($5,000.00) valued sum at Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars {$2,500,000.00}.
If you desire to receive your fund this way, Kindly re-confirm your:
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Country:
(3) Full residential address:
(4) Mobile Number:
(5) Occupation:
(6) Sex:
(7) Age:
Thanks for your co-operation.
Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Lisa.  

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