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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: "Mrsr. Koffi Jacques"<>
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 13:15:54 -0800

Dear E-mail Owner:

We have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $2.7 million, USD
through the national DHL company. We were able to accomplish this through
the help of IMF director John Andy and every necessary arrangement has
been made successfully with the National DHL Agent Mr. James Yaryar,
if you are interested kindly contact us and please before we deliver to your Home Address you will pay for delivery Fee,

Contact person: Mr. James Yaryar

Contact the DHL Agent with your delivery information, your phone number,
address, city, nearest airport and your receiver's name. and also be
informed that delivery agent will leave to this country as soon as you
have proceed with the DHL requirement for your funds deliver,

Mrs Koffi Jacques

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