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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: "smith sammy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2019 05:32:10 -0800
Subject: ATM CARD

Attn: Beneficiary,

The United Nations Compensation Commission payment exercise has deposited your payment of (1.900, 000.00) One Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars with SPEC Courier Company, This is regarding the draws the Secretary General António Guterres organized on his visit to Africa/Asia/U.S.A, to help individuals/Internet Scam Victims and charity organization which your Email address was listed among those who are to benefit from the compensation exercise.

The SPEC Courier Company will send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been approved in your Registration Reference N°: FDXB/xxx/100

Contact Mr. Sammy Smith

And provide the below information to post you your ATM Visa Card.

(1)Full Name:
(2)Home Address:

Best Regard's
Mr. Sammy Smith

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