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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: John hudson <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:22:14 +0900
Subject: Important Message

Attention Beneficiary

Happy new year to you and your family!

We write to inform you that your lottery awarded inheritance winning check of $9.8 Million USD was issued out from bank last week, although the check has been converted to an ATM Visa card.

The reason why the money was loaded into an ATM card was because the check may get expired before it gets to your address, therefore we have registered the ATM card with DHL Courier Service here. So kindly contact the man in charge of your card with your current address where your ATM card will be delivered.

Contact Name: Dr. Abram Cole
Tel. +22961380625

Please endeavor to indicate the ATM card parcel registration number which is (ATM-067CZ) when contacting them and also understand that all the delivery paperwork's has be made except the delivery charge which you will send to Dr. Abram Cole when you contact him for your ATM card.

Please ensure you inform us when you have received the ATM.

Sincerely yours,

John Hudson Esq.
Secretary to IMF Benin Republic.

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