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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: "Your ATM Master Card Delivering Department." <>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2021 20:20:36 -0700


A report came to our office this morning regarding an ATM Master Card,
which you are supposed to receive by now from BGFI -BANK Benin
Republic our Investigations has been made and we had discovered that
the BGFI -BANK,manager,Mr.John P Ben was behind all the delays and
plans to divert the ATM Card to his personal Home Address,The report
was made from the State Finance Commission this morning,that your fund
have not be released to you.The police and IMF took actions and we
tracked The bank manager and he will be arrested and he will be taking
to count for attempting a fraud act to seize your fund of'$7.5 USD
(united state dollar),contact this office for swift action and
delivery of ATM Master Card to the your rightful fund Home Address
without delay.We anticipate your swift response and usual cooperation,
as per the subject matter.compensation which was made approved by the
State Government to you as beneficiary.You hereby within advised to
immediately the post office manager,informed me that it will take good
42 HOURS to get to your Home Address

You are advised to include the followings below:

(1). Your Full Name,
(2). Your Country,
(3). Your Direct Telephone Numbers,
(4). Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,
(6). Your Correct Home Address,
(8). Your Current Occupation,
(9). Your CITY:
(11)your age,
(12). Your Next Of Kin Name,
(13). Your Next Email Address,

You have to contact Inspector Admin BGFI -BANK Benin Republic Payment
Center Mr.AIL JOHN

This is to inform you that we have done and concluded all the
necessary arrangement for your payment worth of $7.5USD SEVEN.FIVE
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS which have to be pay to you through
BGFI -BANK Benin Republic with ATM Master Card.Finally, you are being
legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund.
After a detailed review of your file, the United Nation Monetary Unit,
World Bank and the US Homeland Security Department has been Authorized
to release your ATM MASTER CARD immediately. The sum of $7.5 Million
USD has been approved in your
favor via BGFI -BANK Benin Republic

YOURS IN SERVICE,Thanks for Your Co-operation.

Quickly get back to me for more advice.
Thanks for Your Co-operation.
Cell +22968472662
ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
Head Office Agata Benin Republic

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