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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: Ben Peter <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 04:07:28 -0700
Subject: Urgent Attention Dear beneficiary


The IMF is compensating all the scam victims and your email address was
found as one of the Victims. We have concluded to affect your own
through ATM VISA CARD $5,000 twice daily until the total sum of $10.5M
completely paid to you. We now need your information as to where we will
delivering your ATM VISA CARD, such as; Receiver’s Name, Address and
Phone Number. NOTE that once you send your full information to Ben Peter

then he will deliver your ATM VISA CARD to your home address

Now contact DHL EXPRESS with this Email:(
Office Number

Kindly, forward your full information to
Email Address and call us immediately you receive this notice. Noted
their security and Insurance fee has been paid except their delivery fee
$150 which I did not pay because they refuse and said that it will be pay
you the beneficiary upon your response, Please don't be deceive by any
body. I register your ATM Visa Card with Code of 8060, please indicate
Code when contacting DHL Express today.

Thanks and God bless,
Your Sincerely
Dr,Ben Peter

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