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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.Anthony Eze" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 01:26:15 -0800
Subject: From DHL courier delivery company


Your ATM Card of $15.5 million USD has been approved and was deposited
with DHL delivery company this morning for registration,and we agreed
up that the delivery of Your $15.5 Million USD ATM Package will take
off tomorrow morning .So contact with your full info where your ATM
card will be delivered to,

(1) Full name---------
(2) Mobile Number:--------------
(3) Direct telephone number ------
(4) Country of origin-------
(5) Your Current delivery address:
(6) Occupation:----
(7) City -------------------
(8) occupation _____________

Urgent get back to us today with your full address where your ATM card
will be delivered to because i will not be in the office next week:
The amount in your Card is $15.5Million and your Pin code is: ( 0085)

the security keeping fee of $275 usd will be paid, because they said that
they has to be paid their security keeping fee before the package will
be released are as soon as you contact us,

Mr.Anthony Eze
From DHL courier delivery company

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