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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: Johnson Benlo <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 07:24:29 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Respond For The Delivery Of Your Atm Master Card

Your Attention,

I have been expecting to hear from you since all this while concern your bank draft worth of $2.8Million USD but I did not hear from you, so I decided to deposit the bank draft with the bank on the 18th of October 2011 and now an arrangement has been made to pay you the total funds through an Atm Master card which you will use to withdraw your funds in any Atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw per day is Five Thousand United States Dollars.(5,000 usd per day)

The information required for immediate delivery of your Atm Master Card.

1) Your full name............
2) Your Age.....................
3)Your country/City...........
4) Current occupation….........
5) Your home or office address..............
6) Your current telephone number.............
7) A Copy of your identification..................

Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM Card to by providing the following information..

Mr. Frank Kuma Director,
ATM Payment Department mapfre bank
Email: (
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing and delivery of your Atm Card.  

Thanks Dr. Johnson Benlo

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