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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: "Mrs.Vickie Berryman" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 10:51:06 -0700
Subject: ATM CARD delivery

Dear Friend.

I have registered your ATM CARD of $2.5million with FedEx Express
Delivery Company with registration code of ( Shipment Code awb 33xzs,
ATM Card Registered Code No xgt442. Security Code
sctc/2001dhx/567/;Transaction Code 233/cstc/101/33028/;Certificate
Deposit code;sctc/bun/xxiv/-78/01). please Contact with your delivery
information such as,Your Name,Your Address and Your Telephone Number:

FedEx Express Delivery Company
Name of Dir:Mr. Edward Tony Mark

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to
pay is their Security fee only.Please indicate the registration Number
and ask Him how much is their Security fee is $75.usd dollar so that
you can pay it.

Here is the information to make the payment through Ria Money Transfer
Western Union or Money Gram OR World Remit Express Union or office

Receiver's first name: MARK EDEM
Address:17/45 PH Agata
Country: Benin republic
City: Cotonou
Country Code 00229
Amount needed $75.usd dollar
Sender Name:-------------------
Mtcn code number:----------------------

Thanks for your co-operation and do update me once the money is send.

Best Regards,
Mrs.Vickie Berryman

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