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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: Jack Conrad <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2021 19:38:57 -0800
Subject: hello

Good day

I am Mr. Jack Conrad

The special assigned delivery Agent from DHL courier company and I am
written to inform you about your ATM card brought by the United
Embassy from the government of U.S.A in white house Washington DC Your
ATM card $12.9 million dollars

Have Been Mandated to be deliver to your address as soon as you get
back to me with The Following Details

Full name..................
Home address...............
You phone number..............
Copy of your ID.............
Nearest airport...............
Your Occupation as a living.....

Call Or Message Me With This
Contact: +1(509)392-4816
Email address:

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