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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:

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:15:02 -0700
Subject: Greeting To You

Greeting To You

This is to notify you that your fund $2.5 Million Dollars has been
programmed in an ATM visa card hereby The United Nation compensation
board for immediately delivery
to you upon reconfirming your Physical destination address as all
arrangements about your funds has been finalized after our final
meeting held yesterday been 14th of Sep to released your fund via
global ATM visa card. as the legitimate beneficiary,

Your ATM visa card worth USD $2.5 Million united state dollars was
with DHL delivery service here in Benin republic,we have waited enough
to hear from you so that your funds can be transferred through Bank
wire transfer here, but due to the late response we Decided to credit
the fund through an ATM Visa CARD so you are advised to re-confirm
your address below to enable us to enhance the delivery.

Full Name:_____________
Home Address:__________
Phone Number:______

Your ATM Secret Pin code is (7755) take note, once you receive this
card go to any ATM Machine around your area slot the card and enter
the PIN number (7755) start withdraw,the Card has activated and be
inform that we have left the delivery company a few minute ago for
urgent delivery so kindly forward them the required information, and
feel free to get in touch with them,

Therefore bear it in mind you will be liable to pay for their shipping
fee charge of $105 Dollars.

Below is the contact information of the delivery company :
Mr.Bryon Douglas
Email (
Cell Phone +229 67405441

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