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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: Sun, 27 Sep 2020 07:03:26 -0700

Your ATM card worth the sum Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Of American Dollars ($4,500,000.00 ) has been deposited with FAST DELIVERY SERVICE for delivery to your home address.
We are sorry for the Delay which was as a result of the Corona Virus outbreak. You are advised to follow up the courier company protocol for satisfactory delivery service.

Please Do Reconfirm the below Details to them for the delivery service ;

Your name____________
Delivery Address:____
Phone Number:________

Note, You will be required to pay the Delivery service fee of ($155) USD and for further inquiries please Now contact FAST DELIVERY SERVICE Director :

* Dimma Connel

Your faithfully
Dora Moore
Customer service

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