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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: Benjamin Marisa <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 00:16:23 -0800
Subject: Goodnews

Attention: Attention.


We actually been authorized by the newly appointed Minister of
Finance and the governing body of the United Nations Monetary Unit
Investigate the Unnecessary Delay on Your Payment, Recommended and
Approved in your favorite. During the course of our investigation, we
Discovered with this,that your payment has been unnecessarily
Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank in an attempt to swindle
yours fund that has lead to many losses from your end and unnecessary
Delay in your payment receipt.

The United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
chosen to pay out all the compensation funds to 150 Beneficiaries from
United States, Europe, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia Arabia, South America, Australia and Asia and Africa
Continent through ATM Visa Card Consumers, businesses, financial
institutions and governments to use Digital currency instead of Cash
and Cheque.

We have arranged your payment to be paid to you via ATM Visa Card and
this will be issued on your Name and shall be posted directly to your
address via DHL or any courier services available in your country.
Upon your contact with us, the sum of US $ 700,000.00 will be credited
to ATM Visa Card and this will enable you to make withdraw in ATM
machines in your country with a minimum withdrawal of US $ 3,000.00
per -day. Your limit can be increased to any amount upon your request.

In this regards, you are to contact and furnish the requested
information to the Directorate of International Payment and Transfer
with the followings;

1. Your Name:
2. Country:
4. Age and Sex:
4. Occupation:
5. Mobile Telephone:
6. Delivery Address:
7. Id Card Identification:

We need your urgent response to this email as directed to avoid
further delay.Confirm and get back to us immediately.

Yours in service,
Mr.Benjamin Marisa

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