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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2023 01:12:56 +0800
Subject: *SH* Attention Dear Email Owner

I am Ambassador Brian Shukan to the United States Embassy in Benin, we hereby inform you that your ATM card worth $25 million has been in this custody for a few months now. The Payment of the fund by ATM card has been approved by the United States Embassy in the Republic of Benin for immediate delivery by the IMF's International Monetary Fund. I believe that this message will reach you directly because we have tried several times to reach you without getting a response from you. The main reason we decided to contact you last time is the following, for over a week now.

Aimee Tiscione has been contacting us that you authorized her to claim your $25 million ATM card? simply because you were suffering from cancer and you don't think you can survive to receive the fund. She wants us to change everything to her name and deliver the Fund to her direct address instead of yours. I was confused and shocked at the same time I decided to report to you and confirm from you the beneficiary of the fund by any means before making any if you are not aware of this claim from this lady? Please let us know urgently and if you still have the option to claim your fund peacefully as a rightful beneficiary. I will know whether to proceed with you or to her immediately.

Kindly reconfirm your complete address information

Your Full Name_____
Your Country_____
Home Address_____
Telephone No_____

Cell phone +1 405 295 5437
WhatsApp Number +229 5411 6221

Ambassador Brian Shukan

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