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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: "Mr. David Joe" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:25:32 -0800

Attn: Dear Beneficiary,

This is to bring to your notice with the recent UN meeting and 8th
National Assembly meeting that held at Cotonou, Capital of Benin
Republic with Committees on Debt Reconciliation and scam victims’
compensation office. It is because of the impossibility of your fund
transfer through the western union network and inefficient banking
systems in Benin Republic. we have credited your total sum of
US$3.700,000.00USD compensation funds into an ATM MASTER CARD and We
paid the activation fees and the delivery fees of the ATM Card to you,
We paid it because the ATM Card worth of US$3.700,000.00USD which have
been registered for delivery this morning has only 14 days to expire
in the custody of the Fedex Express Courier Company and when it expires,
the money will go back into Federal Government treasury account as
abandoned property.

Meanwhile, we agreed up that the delivery of your US$3.700,000.00USD
compensation funds in ATM CARD package will take place Tomorrow
morning. Now I want you to contact Fedex Express Courier Delive
with your present residential address for the delivery so that they
will deliver your ATM Card Package to your home address without any
further delay. Be informed to re-confirm your following information.

Your Full Name,Your Address,Your Mobile Numbers,Occupation and Age Be
clearly informed that the delivery fees and the company registration
charges has been officially paid, but We did not pay their official
keeping fees since they refused, they refused because they do not know
when you are going to contact them. Contact Mr. David Joe

Contact Person: Mr. David Joe
Tell Phone: +229 99011992

Contact them today and also send them the official keeping charges to
avoid increase of their Demur-rage fees and let me know once you
receive your ATM card Package.

Important Notice: Your ATM MASTER CARD package is rapped with its pin
code paper together with the instructions from the issuing Bank on how
you will be using the ATM MASTER CARD to withdraw your fund on daily
basis. I anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.


Dr.Paul Afkiri.

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