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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: "AUTHORITY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:23:57 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

Attention Beneficiary
We officially want to inform you that an ATM Master Card, Online banking system, bank to bank transfer Valued at USD 120 Million only has been accredited in your favor by the Benin Funds Organization, Republic of Benin.
Note: arrangement can also be made in transferring the awarded fund (USD 120m) to your bank account OR delivering of your ATM Master Card to your contact address. We have three Methods that sum to US$120 Million United States Dollars, so you have to choose once option (1) ATM Master Card,(2) Online banking system, (3) bank to bank transfer. Please provide the following details for processing:
Your Full Name=======
Cell Phone Number====
Your Company names===
Current Home Address=
Nearest Airport =====
Next Of Kin Name=====
Next Email Address===
Best Regards
Tony Elumelu
Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa.
For urgent message whats-app us on +229 523-933-36.

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