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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: Edward Patrice <>
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:13:02 +0300
Subject: Greeting to you

Greeting to you
This is to inform you that an ATM Card worth $7.2 Million US Dollars
has been accredited by the Federal Government of Benin republic with
Federal Government of Nigeria as Fund Compensation currently approved
in your favor. You are receiving this email message as a result of the
FBI working closely with the Federal Government of Benin with Federal
Government of Nigeria and also the World Bank in order to fully
compensate victims that have had problems in receiving their funds or
lost Funds in the process. Your name is among the list of
beneficiaries for the above payment which was just recently approved
in your favor.
Pleases send your information bellow for the delivery of your ATM Card.
Your full Name…………..
Your Address:
Home/Cell Phone:
Your Occupation……….
Your Identity…………….
Zip code………………..
Office Tel phone: +22967780579 Shall be waiting for your positive
respond as soon as possible so that your ATM VISA Card will send to
you immediately without time wasted.
Edward Patrick
Head; Director, Foreign Operations
ATM Card Department

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