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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: "MASTER CARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 19:26:21 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

TICKET NUMBER: 0976 5701 470
AMOUNT WON: $2.500.000
Dear Winner,
With utmost felicitation, I am pleased to announce to you the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes rganized by MasterCard in conjunction with Microsoft International MasterCard® Credit Card Lottery Promo held on 23rd January 2021 for the support of the Coronavirus Situation where you (through an electronic email database random selection) emerged as one of the lucky twenty (20) winners. 
You have therefore, been approved by MasterCard®/ Visa Card International to receive $2.500.000 (Two  Million Five Hundred  Thousand US Dollars) in credit card, credited to MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.Be also informed that your prize(MasterCard No. 5283042100253621) has been insured and credited with the total sum won and ready for pay out and delivery to your designated home address which you are to provide to your claim administrator. You will be able to make withdrawal at any ATM point or credit card facility in your country.
Furthermore, your winning prize delivery logistics will be superintended by our regional representative office in Republic of Benin as was indicated in your winning coupon slip. To process your winning prize delivery, please contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer electronically by neatly filling the verification details below:
(1)  Your Contact Address:
(2)  Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number:
(3)  Your Nationality/Country:
(4)  Your Full Names:
(5)  Place Of Work / Occupation:
(6)  Age/Gender:
(7)  Marital Status:
(8)  Private Email Address:
(9)  Ever Won An Online Lottery?
(10)  How Do You Feel As A Winner?
(11)  REGISTRATION NO: 9027640
(12)  MasterCard No: 5283 0421 0025 3621
Send verification details to:
Rose Green:
Dispatch Manager,
Middle East & North Africa,
MasterCard Executive Board.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of MasterCard International.
NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!!
President, Middle East & North Africa Ajay
MasterCard Executive Board.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
MasterCard® International.
(©2021) MasterCard® International.
MasterCard Sweepstakes in Retrospect:

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