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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: "Mrs.Sandra Ken" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 20:14:37 +0100
Subject: ATM Card Number 2054 3456 0452 4204

This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European
Union (EU) and FBI.

We have been able to track down some scam artists in various parts of
African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana
and Senegal with cote d'ivoire ) and they are all in Government
custody now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC)
soon for Justice.

During the course of investigation, they were able to recover some
funds from these scam artists and the IMF organization has ordered the
funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people listed around
the World as a compensation. This notice has been directed to you
because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file
and computer hard-disk during the investigation, maybe you have been
scammed. You are therefore being compensated with a sum of Four
Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars valid into an (ATM Card Number
2054 3456 0452 4204).

Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will
receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid
to you through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your postal address with
the Pin Numbers as to enable you withdrawal maximum of $4,000 on each
withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the
funds are exhausted.

The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to you via
courier Service, depending your choice.

In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to
contact the agent in-charge ( MR. Walker DAVID ) via e-mail. Kindly
look below to find appropriate contact information:

Phone Number: Call: +2347010177648

You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


We advise you to stop all communications with everyone regarding your
payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge you to
comply and receive your ATM Card funds.

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait
to hear from you today.

Yours in Services
Mrs.Sandra Ken

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