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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: "Ms. Shawkate Banks" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:03:32 +0200
Subject: Re: Re: Claim Your ($1,200,000.00 USD)

Hello My Friend ,

How are you doing.

I was shock you are not replying my message with regards to the $1,200,000.00 USD Atm Visa Card been issued to you from (UBA) as part of the IMF social intervention program from the office of the CEO Ms. Christine Lagarde as giving back to the society as  her tenure end on Sep 12, 2019.

This Card was issued ready to be credited because of the new transfer policy has obligated by the central bank, so the IMF order the bank to issue the ATM Card for you to avoid you from paying much tax on the transfer.

Like I said above, you are now advice to contact Mr. Mark Terry and request with your address so that your card can be credited and send to you without further delay. His below address.

Contact:  Mr. Mark Terry
Address: Cotonou Benin Republic.
His email:
Tel: +2296155414

Contact him immediately to receive your payment card or it shall be declare unclaim in a week time and the payment will be cancel.

Ms. Shawkate Banks

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