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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: office <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 04:56:37 -0700
Subject: Attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UNITED BANK Heights Plot 87 Ajose
Adeogun Street,Cotonou Benin Republic
Attn:Payment Notification,

This is to bring your notice that,I have paid the re_activation fee and
the delivery of your ATM master card,I paid it because the ATM MASTER
CARD code is 8119 and the $10.8 million inside the card has less than
Thrity days to expire,and when it expires the money inside will go into
the government purse.

with that i have decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM
MASTER CARD will not expire,because I know that when you get your ATM
MASTER CARD definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate
me for helping you.Now i want you to contact DHL DELIVER COMPANY with
your full delivery information's such as

You?re name
You?re country
You?re home address
You?re Tel phone number
include your ID Card

so that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your designated home
address without any more i stated early the delivery charges
has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping charges since
they refused,and they did it because they do not know when you are going
to contact them and the demurrage might have increase,they told me that
their keeping charges is $150 ,per day and i deposited it been the 18th
Day of OCT him as soon as you receive this email.Below is
their contact Information's

Contact person: Mr.William James
Phone number: +229 62073274

contact them today to avoid increase of their official keeping fee.and
let me know once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.

MR Anthony Charles

Federal Republic of Benin West Africa.

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