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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: "Ms. Doris Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 01:33:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Thanks for your time, I urgently need to hear from you.

Attention:  Sir/Ma'am,
We are hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you your outstanding Overdue unclaimed approved inheritance Fund Via our ATM Card Telegraphic Transfer which is safer and simpler, the ATM Card will contain an INTERNET Banking Login for Mobile transfers, this arrangement was initiated/constituted by the European Union and the World Bank due to fraudulent activities going on around the world.
The World Bank introduced this payment arrangement to enable all beneficiaries to receive their funds without any interference. This ATM cards are powered by Interswitch Card company worldwide, please note that what we will be sending to you is AFDB Visa Card which is accepted at over 900,000 ATM centers all over 195 countries worldwide, The Card will be loaded with a total sum of $6,500,000.00 USD (Six Million Five hundred thousand United States dollars) which is the total amount due to you for payment.
In line with the withdrawal Procedures of this ATM Visa Card, Your Visa Card will allow you to withdraw large quantities amounts of ($5000.00 USD), daily and you can also make a transfer of below $500,000 USD from your Visa Card to any of your bank account with low transfer charges until all the funds credited in your Card are exhausted.
Your ATM Card shall be delivery via United Express Logistics & Cargo Services company and the charges associated with the delivery are 185 Euro only and will be paid directly to the logistics company to enable them carry on their delivery assignment without any hesitation. in view of this, you are advised to contact the director (IBB, IRD, and ATM) Dr. Adebanjo Christopher for further information with the following contact. However, you can as well contact the Bank via our WhatsApp 247 Live Customer Help on +2348022070289 for more clarification.
Contact Person:  Dr. Adebanjo Christopher
Reconfirm the following information to him for security reason.
1) Your full name: ...................
2) Your receiving address: ........... {Not P.o Box}
3) Your telephone number: ............
4) Your profession: ..................
5) Your ID Card: ..................
The Four Hundred and Seventy-five Euro is the last and only fee associated to this delivery of your package, so we urge you to cooperate as instructed and receive your package. As soon as you reconfirm your details and forward the courier charges your ATM will be Delivered Within 6 Working days due to Corona Virus protocol observations.
Best regards,
Ms. Doris Jones
For African Development Bank
ATM Payment Department

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