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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.Anthony Guterres." <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 10:58:57 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary:

Attention Beneficiary;

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your email and your information, my
name is Mr. William A Simon, managing director of cores bank ATM
processing unit, your payment of $3,500,000-00 was released by the
government of the federal republic of Benin through the help of the united
nations and it's ready to be paid to you through ATM Card . we have been
authorized to pay you this amount by sending you our ATM Card fully
loaded with your payment of $3,500,000-00.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

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 Benin
republic 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 have paid us for handling/processing your compensation
payment. Our accredited attorney will help you obtain the legal stay of
proceeding with just ($255.00 dollars) from the ministry of justice for
immediate sending of your ATM Card of (us$3,500,000.00) three million,
five hundred thousand united states dollars. Should you follow up our
directives, your ATM Card will be delivered to your address within two
bank working days from the day you obtain this legal stay of proceeding.

Mati, check if there is CODE (555) if the code is not written, please
delete the message from your box!

We are waiting for your immediate response to enable this ATM payment
center to proceed immediately with the sending of your ATM visa Card
to your address and serve you better.

I wait to hear from you every time.
Yours faithfully
Mr.Anthony Guterres.

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