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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 Juliet Roland <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2019 01:00:03 +0800
Subject: We Are Still Waiting To Hear From You

Dear Beneficiary, This is to officially inform you that we have written to you severally without any response and we believed that our previous mails did not deliver and thatís the reason for this letter. We are contacting you once again concerning the release of your inheritance fund / Check which has been delayed for transfer by some officials who claim to be in position of your fund thereby extorting monies from you in one way or the other. Your Fund has finally been approved for transfer by the West Africa Fund Monitoring Unit. Your fund will be transferred to you via ATM Master Card which is cash-able in any ATM machine or Bank anywhere in the world. We hereby inform you that the ATM card worth US$4.8, million US dollars has been as the first part payment of your inheritance fund which has been delayed by these officers who claim to be in position of your fund. Therefore you are warned to stop any further communication with anybody concerning your inheritance funds. Your fund is to be released via Master Card ATM in act to uphold the rule of law which we represent. You have to reconfirm the information below for security reasons. And also be informed that delivery agent will leave this country as soon as you comply with (Courier) Company requirements. Send them the following information of yours for the conclusion of your ATM Card delivery: DHL director, Rev Michael Obodo. Tel:+233579927372 1. YOUR FULL NAMES: 2. Delivery Address: 3 PHONE NUMBER: 4. CELL NUMBERS: 5. EMAIL ADDRESS: 6. SEX: 7. AGE: 8. OCCUPATION: 9. COUNTRY: 10. CITY: 11. COPY OF UR PASSPORT OR ID Therefore you have to stop contacting anybody or offices regarding the check since I have authorized the bank to issue you an ATM CARD so that you can withdraw your fund to avoid any further problem. Contact him once you received this email. E-mail: ( Thanks for your anticipation

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