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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: benson edward <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2007 09:01:24 +0100

Good day,I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft but did not heard from you since that time then I went and deposited the Draft with Apex Bank Plc here in Benin Republic, because I travelled to Japan to see my boss and will not come back till next month end. I have arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM MASTER CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around the globe. You have to contact the Apex Bank Plc with your full contact informations such as follows. 1. FULL NAME2. ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD3 PHONE AND FAX NUMBER4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION However, Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM CARD. REV DR.MATHEW OKOH DIRECTOR, ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT APEX BANKMOBILE: TEL: + 229 938-15-194EMAIL: I have paid for the processing and delivery charges.The only Money that you are going to pay to them is only $96 US Dollars which they will use to obtain the Affidevit Of Onwership from the Federal High Court Of Benin Republic. Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your card before your draft gets Expired . Let me know as soon as you receive your Card.Thanks and God BlessMR.BENSON EDWARD
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