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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: Jean Francis Zinsou <>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:25:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Attn:Beneficiary


 The United Nations in Affiliation with HSBC BANK has deposited your Over-due ATM Card payment of US$1,200,000.00, We will send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been approved in your Name with Card Number :8401236451206112, Registration Reference No:FDXB/xxx/100.Contact Mr.Obi Ginter ( Phone +229-9969-1328 The  Director Sky Line Delivering Company Benin Republic for immediate delivery.

Note! I have paid for the delivery Charges of the ATM CARD, The only Money You will send to them is their Security keeping Fee of  $98.00 only I would have paid for it but the said no that they don't know when you will be contacting them so feel free to get in touch with Him.

Send to him this mentioned details

1.Delivery Address
.2.Full Names
.3.Phone Number
.4.A scanned copy of your ID or passport.

Yours Faithfully,
Jean-Francis .R. Zinsou
Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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