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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: "Mr. William Wood" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2021 04:14:58 +0100

Address:942 South Shady Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee .
Country United State Of America
State Postal Code (37069 )
Email: (
Phone NO (213) 900-8653

Attention dear beneficiary,

I’m Mr. William Wood the new appointed Manager of FedEx Office Memphis,TN
United state. On going through the files of the previous records of this
office, I discovered that there are 9parcels containing ATM cards each one
attached with an email address of the owner on it. The former appointee of
this office (Dr.Fred Sanchez) failed to carry out the delivery as it was
instructed and programmed. Probably, one of his reasons for not carrying
out the delivery was because of your Non- Compliance Of Official Processes
and Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Master Card.

According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited
by Mr Pierre Frank Laporte the World Bank Director of Africa. On the
statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned
ATM cards contains the sum of USd$8.5MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS and was
supposed to transfer to you through his bank but due to your unable to
finish the process he uploaded the money to their ATM card and registered
with FedEx office here in Memphis TN Head office,

Meanwhile, I've made the arrangement of posting the 9 parcels through our
FedEx fast delivery to the 9 of you to your respective mailing address Am
also sending the same message of the same content to 9 of you that own the
abandoned ATM CARDS each at the same time. If found in spam folder, it
could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox
before your reply.

I went to our head office and reported the issue of the discovered 9 ATM
cards in my office and they verified it and gave me the veto order to carry
out the delivery immediately you reconfirm your mailing address to this
office in order for us to mail the ATM CARD directly to you. Note,below
information is officially needed for the sending of the card.

Your full name
Full mailing address
Nearest airport
Cell phone line

I will send your ATM Card once you update us with the above info and you
shall be given a tracking number, that is, the Track and Trace number of
your parcel once it is posted to your mailing address, so as to enable you
track your parcel to know exactly when it will arrive to your mailing

Remain blessed as I'II be looking forward to receiving your immediate
response to my Email:

Mr. William Wood
New manager FedEx Courier Company Memphis TN USA
Email: (
Phone NO:(213) 900-8653

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