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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: Benson Wood <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 09:43:25 +0100
Subject: Contact for your ATM payment card

Attn: Dear

This is to inform you that your outstanding Inheritance fund valued at
$8.900,000, 00. (Eight Million nine Hundred Thousand USA Dollars) Have
been approved for immediate payment by the Director Telex/Foreign
Operation Through ATM CARD Payment system which you will make a
withdrawal of your fund in any ATM machine in your Country.

Now, you are advice to contact the UBA Bank of Benin with the
following information stated below, Contact immediate for your ATM
card payment will be delivered to you.

It will cost you only $198

UBA Bank ATM Payment Department.
Contact Person: Mr Ruben Jim

Contact with your below information to proceed by delivering your ATM
card through your postal address.

1::Your full name::
2::Your home address were you them to send the atmcard::
3::Current occupation::
5::Your current home telephone number/mobile phone number::
6::A Copy of your identification::
7::Your Country::

Benson Wood.
Director Telex/Foreign Operation. UBA

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