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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: "Mail Info" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2022 00:00:22 -0700
Subject: Immediate response to enable this ATM payment

Attention Beneficiary;

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your email and your information,
my name is Mr. Anthony Kaboure, managing director of Access bank ATM
processing unit, your payment of $500,000-00 was released by the
government of the Burkina Faso through the help of the
united nations and it's ready to be paid to you through ATM card. we
have been authorised to pay you this amount by sending you our ATM
card fully loaded with your payment of $500,000-00.the ATM visa card
will come together with the pin code and you will be allow to withdraw
a maximum amount of $10,000-00 everyday from any ATM machine in any
part of the world.

The united nations has paid for all the necessary charges on your
behalf, meaning that you don't have to pay any bank charges for the
handling/processing to receive your fund anymore as you have met up
with the whole requirements; the only thing required from you is to
obtain legal stay of proceed from the federal ministry of justice
here in Burkina Faso to enhance efficient and effective release and
sending of your ATM visa card to you.

we are not asking you to pay us any fee as the united nations and the
federal government has paid us for handling/processing of your
compensation payment. our accredited attorney will help you obtain
the legal stay of proceed with just ($125) from the ministry
of justice for immediate sending of your ATM card of
(us$500,000.00) five hundred thousand united states

should you follow up our directives, your ATM card will be deliver to
your address within two bank working days from the day you obtain this
legal stay of proceed.

It will cost you only $125 to enable our accredited attorney
obtain the legal stay of proceed from the ministry of justice. you are
therefore advice to send the $125 dollars to the information listed
below through western union or money gram.

Sender Name: Kouada sunata
Country Name: Burkina Faso
City: Ouagadougou
Amount: $125 dollars

We are waiting your immediate response to enable this ATM payment
centre proceeds immediately with the sending of your ATM visa card to
your address and serve you better.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Anthony Kaboure

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