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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: Anderson William <>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:00:11 -0700
Subject: Urgently Get Back To Me!!!

This is Anderson William DHL Delivery Agent.

I want to inform you that i just arrived at John F Kennedy International
Airport,New York City with your package worth($5,000,000.00)Five million
united state dollars.
So,All i need from you right now is your full information such as..

Your full Name
Home Address
Phone Number And the name of your nearest airport to avoid wrong
delivery of your package to wrong person or you can text me with your
full information on +1(347)696-4705/+1(206)424-6136,Thanks and god bless

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