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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. Omabala Nancy" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:20:58 -0700
Subject: Contact for your ATM CARD


How are you doing hoping all is well with you and your family? We
know you might have forgotten about this your outstanding compensation
payment due to delay on the delivery up till now. We are here by
writing to inform you that your payment file was found in our Office
and we discovered that your Compensation payment worth sum of two
million seven hundred thousand United State Dollars {$2.700,000.00}
have not been sent to you as it was instructed by The Economic
Community of West African States(ECO-WAS) We are here to inform you
that your payment has been converted into ATM Visa/Master Card to free
it from Confiscating, and all necessary arrangement your ATM
VISA/MASTER CARD Payment worth of {$2.700,000.00} has been granted for
your payment through Our ATM Card Department Center.

Now Your ATM Visa/Master Card is well packaged with every legal
document to convey it not having any problem with anybody therefore we
are here by inviting you to our office here in Benin, Office Address,
Commented Bank, Cotonou Jean Paul 1BP 325,Benin Republic, to enable us
complete the normal formalities and activation process of your ATM
Visa Card and issue the Secret PIN CODE/NUMBER to enable you start
using it at any ATM MACHINE worldwide of your choice nearest to you,
as soon as it is activated, But if you are unable to come down here in
our office in person you will be required to update our ATM Department
Center with your contact delivery details as stated below so that they
will precede with the necessary arrangement for the delivery your ATM

1. Your Full name, ________________
2. Your home Address, _____________
3. Your telephone number, _________
4. A copy of your ID, _____________

immediately on their below;

E-mail: { }

E-mail: { }

Contact Person; Mr. Agbanabu Kalu Ezu
Director Of United Bank For Africa (UBA)
Telephone Number; +229-66400990

Try to call him immediately to know when your ATM VISA/MASTER CARD
will be delivered to you.

I am waiting for your update as soon as you have received your
Visa/Master ATM Card.

Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. Omabala Nancy

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