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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: "Dr. Robert Mark" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 14:14:45 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

Hello, How are you doing?

We have finally succeeded in getting your ATM CARD PACKAGE worthy of
$10.5million out for delivery with the help of Att. John Dagar,
Attorney General of Federal High Court of Justice Benin Republic which
act as your foreign Attorney representative here in Benin Republic.

So every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the
Agent Mr. Richard Johnson, for your package and every Documents
guiding your delivery is well updated so you are advice to re-confirm
your full delivery information to the delivery Agent right now as he
is currently at John F. Kennedy Intercontinental Airport, New York
City with your ATM CARD package, As he called me this morning to
inform me that he misplaced your delivery address which he has.

So you are advice to reconfirm your full information to the diplomat
and call him with this number +1(231)6555192. Furthermore you are
advice to be very fast as the Agent Mr. Richard Johnson has no time to
waste due to his flight reschedule.

So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
(1) Full names:
(2) Residence
(3) Age:
(4) Telephone Number:
(5) Occupation:
(6) ID:

Reply back to me right away or you drop a message at:

Contact person
Name- Agent Mr. Richard Johnson
E-mail Address (
Contact number +1(202)850-9632
So contact him to deliver your package today or first thing tomorrow
morning at most and get back to me after the delivery.

Dr. Robert Mark
UN Representative

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