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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: "United Nations Compensation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:51:19 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

Attention Beneficiary,

This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding payment which is truly $2.500,000.00 Million Dollars The United Nation Secretary General scheduled a time frame to settle all foreign debts which includes

Contract/Inheritance/Lottery (Sponsored by Microsoft and Shell Petrolum Lottery) and other international loans. News had it that over the past, numerous individual (s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to be individuals, banks and organizations) are claiming to release numerous sums of fund via numerous ways.

we have successfully Converted this total amount into an ATM Card in your name, And it has been approved and deposited to A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company this morning for registration, and we agreed that, the delivery of your $2.500,000.00 Million USD ATM-Card Package will take off tomorrow morning,

The information of the A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company is below;

Contact Name Dr. Vincent Riso
>From A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company
Tel: +229-985-679-87

So contact with your full info where your ATM-card will be delivered to,

(1) Full Name:..........
(2) Mobile Number:.............
(3) Direct telephone number:............
(4) Country of origin:......................
(5) Your Current delivery address:................
(6) YOUR Identification Card/Driver's License:...............................

Urgent get back to us today with your full address where your ATM-Card will be delivered to you because I will not be in the office next week;
The amount in your ATM-Card is US$ 2.500, 000.00 Million and your Pin code is: (9106).

Best Regards,
Mr. Douglas Herman
United Nation Head Quarter Dept Reconciliation Committee
Benin Republic

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