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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: "Mrs. Vivian Pius." <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2019 13:00:18 -0700
Subject: Your Attention Beneficiary;

Address: 308, Rue Révérend Père Colineau 01 BP 955 Cotonou, BENIN
Phone number: +229 98750096
Email: (
Country: Benin
Group Membership: DIAMOND BANK


This is to inform you officially that Benin Federal Authorities have
approved sum of $10.500, 000, 00 USD to you as inheritance fund, after
verification, your name was
found in the list of scam victims in Africa, and IMF has signed your
fund to immediate load in your ATM through new system to help you get
your Fund immediately.

Note! if you have any ATM card such as, Visa card, Debit Card, Master
Card and Credit Card in your country, please kindly forward your Card
information as below to
load this fund to your ATM Card Account in your country to use your
card withdraw fund in every bank or Cash Machine. This is legally
approved by International

Monetary Fund (IMF) and Banking Authority Benin Republic for immediate
receive your approved fund $10.500, 000.00 USD. As matter of fact,
your Funds is deposited to Diamond Bank by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed, Minister
of Economy and Finance and Bank will activate your fund in your ATM

after confirmation of your ATM information to withdraw fund.

Your Full Name: __
Your Address: __
Phone Contact: __
ATM Serial Number: __
Type of your ATM: __
Name of Bank issued your ATM: __
Three Numbers in back of your ATM: __
Limit Amount a day: __

Chief. Larry Duwala, Managing Director
E-mail: (

And once we receive above Information we activate this Fund to your
ATM to start withdrawal your fund in your country to help you receive
your inheritance fund.

Finally, Director is waiting your urgent reply with your card
information to load your fund immediately.

Best Regards
Mrs. Vivian Pius.

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