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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 John Handerson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 01:32:40 -0800

70 International Airport Road
Tel.: +234-805-996-9221

We will like you to know that your $2.5Million dollars has been release to us by the
Feder Republic of Benin Republic in Conjunction With the FBI AND CIA to release the
sad amount to you.

It is our pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Serial Number; 4506-8675-2345-9245
have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 1645.
The ATM Card Value is $2.5MILLION USD Only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal
value of $10,000 USD is permitted on withdrawal per Day and we are duly Inter Switch and
you can make withdrawal in any Inter Switch location and ATM Center of your choice.

You may think that we are scamming you but that was a typical lie this is real and no
one will ever scam you form this DHL and get away with it.

I want to give you some tracking listed for other people who have received their own
ATM CARD through our service and right now they are all enjoying it with no complain
cheek this tracking listed by typing then put 1(2896411641) 2 (2896411652)
3 (2896412061) (2897840175) if you must want to talk to any of this people who have
already received their own CARD I will provide you their contact details to verify
form them if this is real or not.

Your are to Re-confirm Your valid address, phone number and Your name for us to be very sure that we are deling with the right beneficiary of the funds.

you are to Send your delivery charges through Western Union or Money Gram any one of your choice
to this information.

Receiver Name---------Marvis Nwachukwu
Country--------------------- Republic Benin Cotonou
Test Question------------In God
Test Answer--------------We Trust
Amount to send is $190

After sending the fee you are required to forward us the following information.

senders name:
senders address:
phone number:

I would advice you to go ahead and pay your delivery charges and receive your ATM
MASTER CARD in less than 48 hours and began to enjoy your life like other who have
received their own note that if we don’t hear form you until 7 working days your ATM
CARD will be cancel and the fund will be transferred back to the CENTRAL BANK OF

Thanks and Godbless
Mr John Handerson
Tel.: +234-805-996-9221

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