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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 Peter Wright <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:15:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear Friend .I have left a certified ATM VISA CARD for you.

Hello Dear Friend .I have left a certified ATM VISA CARD for you.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You may not understand why this mail came to you.
But if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me or my partner in the past regarding to transfer of
Mulch-Million-Dollar business proposal which we never concluded with you.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that the Mulch-Million-Dollar business has been concluded with the assistance
of another partner from Malaysia who financed the transaction a logical conclusion. I thank you for your concern even
though it was unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reasons or the other.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my
new partner's account in Malaysia that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction.
I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,500,000.00.
I have left a certified ATM VISA CARD for you worth of $1,500,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer Mr Peter Wright on
his direct email address at: ( the collection of your ATM VISA CARD.
I authorized him to release the ATM VISA CARD to you whenever you contact him regarding to it. At the moment,
I am very busy here because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hands.

Please I will like you to accept this taking with good faith as this is from the bottomless of my whole heart,
Also comply with Mr mark Ben directives so that he will send the ATM VISA CARD to you without any delay.

CONTACT: Mr Peter Wright
Account Officer,
Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Email address: ( )
Tell Phone:(+229)68842134

Therefore, you should send this
1.Your Full Name: .....
2.Your Country:.........
3.Your Occupation......
4.Your Age:.....................
5.Your Mobile Phone Number:......
6.Your passport copy:....
7.your address: ...
Thank you
Mrs Linda Omen

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