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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:

Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 14:54:35 +0100

Dear Beneficiary,

After due vetting and evaluation of your file that was sent to us by
the United Bank For Africa Benin Republic. Under the direct State
Finance Commission with the United Nations, we wish to notify you that
your ATM Card will received by you as all means to receive your Fund
through Banks to bank had failed. This office has an instruction to
see to the immediate release of fund that has been pending in United
Bank For Africa department in our security vault. We were meant to
understand from our findings that you have been going through hard
times and passing through a lot of difficulties in seeing to the
release of your fund which amounts to ($7.500.000.00). This has been
the handwork of some dubious elements in (UBA) BANK Benin republic. We
advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence
from anywhere concerning this fund or ATM Card, you don't have to pass
through any difficulties to receive your fund, as you have meet up
with the whole requirements. This was the reason this fund`s was kept
in our security vault for easy transfer and conclusion of this
transaction with you.

The management of this transaction do not want you to pass through
wire transfer, which you have gone through off and on and this fund
was not paid to you, but for you received your fund through ATM Card
and access your fund. Meanwhile, you advice to make it possible to
send the sum 150 dollars in our branch office in federal republic of
Benin Republic as the origination of this fund transfer.

Dr.John Pearson
Phone Number:+22964567729

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