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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:

Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 19:24:47 +0900 (JST)
Subject: =?iso-2022-jp?B?S2luZGx5IGdldCBiYWNrIHRvIG1lIGF0IHlvdXIgZWFybGllc3QgY29udmVuaWVuY2UsIHNvIEkga25vdyB5b3VyIGVtYWlsIGFkZHJlc3MgaXMgdmFsaWQu?=


Your Consignment box worth of $4.700’000’00 has been today deposited
with FedEx Express Courier Company to ship it to your home address. Now
contact FedEx ( & Send to them your
home address where to ship the Consignment box to you such as;

Your name____________
Delivery Address:____
Phone Number:________
Your ID Card_________

Note, All charges regards this delivery has been paid except the safe
keeping fees which is $150 only, and you will send to them before they
can dispatch the parcel to your destination. So you can call them now at
+1(406)201-9981 or sms text


Mr Oscar Williams

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