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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. John Frank" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 10:53:41 +0100

Dear Owner/Fund Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the United States Government, Benin Republic Government, United
Kingdom Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) including with the help of the
Currency Transactions Reports (CTR) and Suspicious Transactions
Reports (STR) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Financial Action Task
Force (FATF). We have been able to track down so many of this scam
artist in various parts of African countries which includes (United
Kingdom, India, Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and
Senegal)And they are all in Government custody now, they will appear
at International Court of Justice (ICJ) Hague (Netherlands) soon for
Criminal/Fraud Justice. During the course of our investigation,We have
been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United
Nation Anti-Crime Commission and the United State Government have
ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100
Lucky people around the World for compensation. This number/Letter is
been directed to you because your numbers was found in one of the
scammer Artists file and computer hard-disk while the
investigation,Maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being
compensated with the sum of USD10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Dollars

We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are
Barristers, Bank Officials, Lottery and Government Agents who has
money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds
which does not exist. Since your number appeared among the lucky
beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds, We have arranged
your payment to be paid to you through ATM MASTER VISA CARD. An ATM
MASTER CARD will be issued in your name and your $10,000,000.00 (Ten
Million Dollars Only) will be loaded into it, and deliver it to your
postal address with the Pin Number, As to enable you withdrawal your
funds from any ATM Machine anywhere in the world. To issue the ATM
MASTER CARD, You are therefore advised to contact the ATM MASTER CARD
Incorporation United Nation, this is so because Visa Inc. is a global
payments technology company that enables consumers, businesses,
financial institutions and governments to use digital currency instead
of cash and checks, and the Government choose them to payout all the
compensation funds to the 100 Lucky beneficiaries. Please contact now
with the below contact details: Such as your destination home address?

Dr. John Frank Director ATM MASTER CARD Issuance Department (Visa
Incorporation United)Contact him now for the delivery of your ATM
MASTER CARD. As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM
MASTER CARD will be issued to you immediately which you can use to
withdraw your funds from any ATM Machine, but the maximum is USD
20,000 dollars per day because the Card has been upgrade. So if you
like to receive your funds through this means you’re advised to
contact, Listen this will cost you $100 only no more money again. that
is only thing you need to do.

I will advice you purchase Steam Wallet Card and send it i will be
faster but send only Steam Wallet Card or iTunes card of $100 if you
can send it today send me the pictures so that i will redeem it to
cash and you will get your package.

Dr. John Frank, (
Phone Call OR Text message +1-860-318-9314

with the following information as stated below:
1. Your Full Name:
2.Address Where You Want the agent to Send Your ATM Card To or (P.O Box):
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Cell/Mobile Number:

Please Be Warned, as The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the
United State Government does not instruct any other method to pay you
or any money gram and western union is not except ( Dr.John Frank),
whom you can only give attention to, and from now, we advice you to
stop all the communications your are having with any other Agent or
bank officials in Europe, Asia and Africa regarding your payment.

Thanks for you understanding as you follow instructions.

Yours in Services.
Eng. Jesus Wilson

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