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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: Office File <>
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2021 11:53:15 +0200

Attention Dear Friend,

This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of
your fund transfer through the western union network, we have credited
your total sum of 1.5millon valid fund into an ATM MASTER CARD and I
have paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of the ATM Card To
you, I paid it because the ATM Card worth of 1,500,000.00 which I have
registered for delivery yesterday has less than 16 days to expire in
the custody of the FedEx Company and when it expires, the money will
go into Federal Government treasury account.

With that we decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM
Card will not expire, because I trust that when you receive your ATM
Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me
for helping you. I was calling the telephone number you provided then,
but unavailable to confirm if you still living in your formal address
for the registration of the ATM card.

Now I want you to contact FedEx Express Delivery with your physical
address you desire the delivery to be made so that they can deliver
your ATM Card to your designate address without any delay.Like I
stated earlier, the crediting re-activation, delivery and the company
registration charges has been paid by me, but I did not pay their
official keeping fees since they refused, they refused and the reason
is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the
demur rage might have increased by then, They told me that their
keeping fees is $89 per day only, and I deposited it yesterday being

Below is the Contact Information of the FedEx, Express Customer
Service Director Mr. Dominic Deeeic, telephone number +22991579698
from ATM CARD , Email Address online: {} or
( Contact them today and also send them the
security official keeping charge to avoid increase of their fees and
let me know once you receive your ATM card,

Please,use this information to send the fee to western union

Receiver Name : Mikel Onyechi
Country Benin Republic
City- Potonovor,
Question A
Answer B
Sender Name and Mtcn ......
amount $89

Sender Name and Mtcn

Important Notice: Your ATM CARD package is rapped with pin code paper
together with the instructions from the issuing bank on how you will
be using the card to withdraw your fund daily and I registered it as
gift so that the diplomatic Agent will not know the content of your

package okay.
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