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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: "Mr. Kingsley Ibe" <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 06:40:17 +0100
Subject: RE: $12.5Million, ATM Visa Card Payment

653 Gana Fasola Street, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria,

RE:$12.5Million, ATM Visa Card Payment

Dear Fund Beneficiary:

I am MR KINGSLEY IBE, the new director ATM Head of Operation
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA,I resumed to this office on the 4th of November
2020 and during my official research I discovered an abandoned ATM
Master card valued sum of $12.5Million belonging to you as the
rightfully intimate beneficiary.

I tried to know why this card has not been released to you but I was
told by the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA management that the former director
ATM head of operation who left this office four months ago withhold
your card for his own personal use without knowing that his evil plans
towards diverting your fund will be discovered.

Now that your ATM Visa card is still available and ready for your
receiving, therefore you have to come down here to our bank to pick up
your card direct from my office or alternatively it can be arranged
and shipped to your address through any registered reliable courier
service company that is attached to our bank and also which you will
take care of the courier charge only, hope it is cleared and accepted
by you?

I don't know the courier cost of shipping the card to you but if you
permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the
courier shipping company to find out the cost, but in that case you
will be required to forward to me your address where you want to
receive the card to enable me find out the shipping cost to your

Your direct telephone number and address will be needed and more
details of your ATM card payment will be made known to you as soon as
I receive your swift positive response.

For your information's i contacted the delivery company to find out
charges of your ATM card, the chief delivery officer told me that the
delivery is $100 so if you are not ready or interested to pay the fee
please do not reply.

Thanks for your co-operation and i wait for your kind positive respond.

Yours Faithfully,

Director ATM Department

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