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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:

Date: 16 Dec 2019 09:11:43 -0800
Subject: Urgent Notification


The sum of $4,500,000 (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) out of your over due total sum has been approved
for payment through ATM cash card system after all attempts to
pay you through bank, and diplomatic courier failed.

The approved sum has been programmed into the ATM cash card which
will be dispatched to you through your address upon
reconfirmation. I have made several attempts to contact you and
this is the last letter to you in respect to this matter.

Meanwhile, I received a power of attorney from one Mr. Clarence
Bibbs from U.S.A purportedly issued by you asking us to change
the fund beneficiary to his name.

However, you should send your Full Names/Age/Telephone
Number(s)/Residential Address/Sex and Occupation, to Mr Cairo
Kalor immediately for your compensation payment by replying to
this email or emailing the address below:

Jake Gilberto
TEXT Number: +1-442-229-4987

He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as
you contact him and fill out your correct details including all
reachable phone numbers for he is to get in touch with you via
phone and email.

NOTE: The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is just $350.00
(Three Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars)
Upon receipt of payment the payment officer will ensure that your
package is sent within 24 working hours. Because I am very sure
of everything, I am giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you
do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you
have made the payment for Shipping.

Good luck and kind regards
Making the world a better place!

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