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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. Laurence Chima" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Laurence Chima" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 05:41:26 +0900 (JST)

I'm Director Laurence Chima, from ATM card center here in West Africa. I direct ATM cards delivery from; Benin Republic, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana etc... I have mailed to notify the readiness of your ATM visa card. We tried reaching you last week but couldn’t hear back from you. I hope this gets to you? Be informed that we do not participate in any fraudulent activities! As we have been mandated to distribute this funds to various beneficiaries on an ATM visa card, following the recent sanction from United Nation Organization (UNO) to West African Banks responsible for these transaction. You will receive your ATM visa card through Top Chrono Courier Express Service or genuine DHL Delivery Courier Company soon as you’ve responded positively to this mail, showing interest and following legal process of getting this done. This will only cost you delivery charge sum of US$195.00 to receive your ATM visa card package valued US$10,500.000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only!) Which has been made payable to any ATM machine in the world. So use the below receiver's details to send the delivery cost and also re-confirm your delivery info as given below:

Confirmation of your delivery info:
Full Name:
ID card:

Receiver's details for payment:
Receiver's Name...... Lon Bason
City......... Cotonou,
Country......... Benin Republic

From Dir. Laurence Chima.
Address: Boulevard Steinmetz, Cotonou,
Benin Republic.
For enquiry call +229 6263 1194
This mail is sent to you from ATM card center.

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