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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.Sandra Jean Wright" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 11:43:54 +0100
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

Consumer USA Corporate Headquarters
Address: 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201, United States

Attention:ATM Visa card owner/Beneficiary.

This message is from the Santander Consumer Bank United State of
America 1601 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201, United States, We believed that
you got our previous email since 2 months and this is the second times
we are informing you that government of Benin Republic has alert our
bank here with sum of $3.500.000.00 USD which the instruction to issue
an ATM visa card from our foreign bank and ship it to your home
address and through the check we received from the Presidency office
in Benin Republic it has been stated that it is your winning award
compensation since 2008 which you are unable to claimed due to African
banks delays you,

Finally after our bank verification we found out that you are really
owner of the said amount of the compensation worth sum $3.500.000.00
USD and Benin Republic office of presidency has paid all the fees to
release the funds to you base on the ATM card agreement therefore the
only fee you have pay is $25 for the activation of your ATM card
with your full detail to enable you cash $5,000 daily from the Debit

Send us your full details to activate your ATM visa card on your
details and do not forget to send the activation fee $25
immediately because we are not allowed to deduct it from the amount on
your compensation ATM card,
Fill below now.

Your Full name:____________
Your Home address:__________
Your Id card attached:________________
Your Number:---------------

You advised to send this information immediately today with payment
$25 because we need to process it immediately as we advised not to

Send your details to our whats App below
God Bless you
Best Service
USA Santander Consumer Bank
Bank Manager
Mrs.Sandra Jean Wright

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