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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: Dennis Frank <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2020 09:28:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR ATM MASTER WORTH US$3.500.000

My Dearest Friend,

This is to thank you for your past effort and kindly assistance. The money has been transferred into an account provided by a newly found business partner of mine from Sweden. I wish to compensate you for your past assistance, effort

and commitments that time to help me out. I have arranged with Bank Of Africa and issued an ATM MASTER CARD valid at US$3.500.000 for your compensation. I am in Switzerland right now to establish some business and possibly buy

some properties also.

So I want you to Contact my secretary in Benin Republic Mr.William Coto on his information below, because I kept the ATM CARD with him to be send to you as soon as you contact him

Name;Mr.William Coto

Email address: ( )
Phone Number: +229-993-568-24

I left every instruction with him to send you the ATM MASTER CARD .as soon as you contact him, so make sure you re-confirm your address and Cell Phone Number to him to avoid any mistake on the delivery of your ATM CARD to you.

Then ask him to send the ATM CARD to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your money at any ATM Machine in the world.

With All My
Dennis Frank

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