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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: Steven Morgan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:09:57 -0800
Subject: Attention Please indicate Your Shipment Code awb 33xzs to Mr. Joe Goodman.

Attention Please indicate Your Shipment Code awb 33xzs to Mr. Joe Goodman

Attention Please

This is to bring to your notice that I have registered your ATM CARD worthy the sum of US$2.4million which is from COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE with registration code of(Shipment Code awb 33xzs) contact

Now, your ATM CARD has been deposited with DHL Courier for delivery direct to your doorstep.therefore, I, want you to contact DHL Courier Company with your Full Contact information, so that they can deliver your ATM CARD to your designated address without any delay and please ask them to send you the tracking Number of the Package

Note;the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demur-rage.please Contact them with your receiver information

Your Name.....
Your Address.....
Your Country/ City.....
Your Nearest Air Port.....
Your Telephone Number:.....

Shipping company Office:
Name of Mr. Joe Goodman
E-mail:( )

Best Regards,
Mr.Steven Morgan

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