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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. Sussan Munesin" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 22:23:35 +0100
Subject: Your Fund Payment Through ATM CARD Delivery,

Attention: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract,
inheritance, winning/compensation grant file presently on my desk, and
I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack
of cooperation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in
respect to your grant payment since 2018.Secondly, you are hereby
advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is
an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your
payment immediately.

After the board meeting held at our headquarter, we have resolved in
finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have
arranged your payment through our SWIFT ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in
Africa, Europe, America and Asia Pacific etc., which is the
instruction given for your total sum $5,000.000.00(Five million United
state dollars).

This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to
withdraw your fund in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the
maximum is ($15,000) Fifteen Thousand Us Dollars in three transactions
per day. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, you are
advised to get back to us with the following information below to
enable us to get back to you quickly with full details on how to
receive your card.

(1) Your Full Name……
(2) Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD….
(3) Phone And Fax Number.. …..

We shall be expecting to receive your information. Therefore, you have
to stop any further communication with anybody or office. In this
regard, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Jean Abdel, with the
information below.

Person to Contact
Mr. Jean Abdel
Tel: +229 98364993

Thanks for your cooperation.
Mrs. Sussan Munesin

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of
conduct, which is (2021) so you have to indicate this code when
contacting or emailing this CARD CENTRE. at

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