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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: DR MIKE IBE <"www.">
Reply-To: DR MIKE IBE <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 01:40:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Owner of This Email Address,

Good Day

(ATM CARD)has finalize all the necessary arrangement and
your fund $4.5Million USD is inside ATM CARD UBA BANK BENIN REPUBLIC,
but this moment your
ATM CARD is in DHL OFFICE waiting for your Address were to deliver it.

so all the fee is Paid For you ( Expected )
Activation try to ask them how much is Activation Fee immediately
you receive this try to ask them how much is activation fee of
your ATM CARD and try to ask the AtmOffice where you can send it.
Because that is one thing holding your ATM CARD to delivery to your


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Contact this Email (
Try to call with this number TEL+229-66529457 immedately you receive
this Email.

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