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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: Barrister Yussuf Adeh <>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 02:37:16 +0530 (IST)

Dear Client,

We have recovered all your funds from the government of this country, Benin Republic and the total is $1,500,000.00 usd. The government of this country, after the meeting held yesterday has concluded to pay you the funds in a Master Card to avoid the risk of carrying huge amount of money for delivery purposes.

Now, you are expected to contact us (ATM INTERNAL REVENUE OFFICE) and send a total of  Usd$85.00 only meant for opening of your Domicilliary account which will enable you to withdraw from the Master Card in any ATM MACHINE anywhere in the world. Below are the information you have to reconfirm to us to enable us  deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to you immediately . Note: the only fee you have to pay is $85.00 only that we shall use in re-activating the Atm Master Card and opening of your Domicilliary account. Try to indicate this code of conduct(Federal code of Conduct /XO.B.B.11/2011) when writing or calling us because it will prove that you are the rightful owner of the ATM MASTER CARD whots of ($1,500.000.00usd).

1.Your full names:________________
2.Phone and fax number:__________
3.Address where you want them to send the Atm Card:__________
4.Your age and current occupation:__________________________
5.A copy of your identity attached:__________________________

Also for your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s).This is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment.

Your urgent reply shall be greatly appreciated.

Barrister Yussuf Adeh,
Principal Attorney,
Federal  High  Court Benin Republic .
Contact us at:(

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