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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: "FedEx (c) 2020" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 23:10:31 -0700
Subject: Your parcel has arrived at August 7th Containing an ATM master card.

FedEx (C) 2020.

Friday 7th, August
2020, 09:42 AM

Your parcel has arrived at August 7th Containing an ATM master card worth $2.5 Million.
Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you at since August 6th, 06:33 PM.
To receive your parcel,please doconfirm to us the details below for claims:

# Full Name:
# Valid Address:
# Valid Cell Numbers:

Do bear in mind that you will be require to have the sum of $100 send for re-directonal charges.

Best Regards,
The FedEx Team.

FedEx 2020 (c)

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