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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. Alex Keith Paul" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 04:04:37 -0700

Dear Fund Owner,,,

We are writing to bring to your notice that due to the delay in process of
the transfer wealth $7.5 Millions USD of your funds via Western Union, we
have today decided to channel the transfer to Visa Card department, the
Visa Card department will issue a valid Visa Card on your names, after
which it will be posted to you via courier service to enable you withdraw
your funds in your country or any ATM machine around the world, a $15,000
daily withdrawal limit is permitted with the card.

Re-confirm your details stated under if you wish to proceed,

Full names:

However, kindly contact the person below who is in position to Post and
deliver your visa card to you.

Below is the AXA Assurance contacts,
Send an email immediately to:
Contact person: Mr. Kashi Paul
Tele And Whatsapp Contact: +229-990-789-37
Address: Avenue Pape Jean Paul II, Cotonou, Bénin 01 BP 2020 Cotonou Bénin

You can also call this office immediately after you receive this mail for
further explanations.

Have a great day ahead
Best Regards,
Mr Ken Melvin

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