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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: "Dr. Samuel Bolton" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 16:09:19 -0700
Subject: Your ATM Card $2.5Million

Hello, Beneficiary,

This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the delivery fee of
your ATM, I paid it because the ATM Card ($2.5m), has few weeks to
expire and when It expires; the money will go into Government purse.
With that I decided to Help you pay the money so that the ATM will not
expire, because I know when You get your ATM definitely you must send
my money back. Now I want you to contact The UPS delivery Company in
BeninRepublic so that they Will deliver your Card to your address
without any delay Like I stated earlier, the Delivery charge has been
paid. Note I deposited it with the company yesterday.

Below Is the Company Contact Information

Contact Person: Dr. Samuel Bolton
Phone Number: +22995032700

This is what they will require from you.

Your Full Name......
Your Private Telephone......
You’re Address where the ATM will be delivering to.............

Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees.

Mrs. Linda Howard

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