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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: "REV.DR.PAUL SMITH," <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:58:55 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To Call Us +229 9916-6926.Once
You Recieve These Email.

 ATM Master Card Delivering Department.(UBA-BANK International Plc) Benin Republic.REV.DR.PAUL SMITH,Office line:+229 9916-6926.Office line:+229 9916-6926.

Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To Call Us +229 9916-6926.Once YouRecieve These Email.
REV.DR.PAUL SMITH, from office of ATM Swift Card Department ( UBA-BANKINTERNATIONAL PLC ) We knew is very difficult for you to understandbecause you have been long time waiting for your ATM Card all thetime yet things didn’t work out to your expectation but you have tounderstand that your file has not gotten to this office, then Besidemost CARDS are being sent through African and after much investigationit was resulted that 95% of the ATM CARD was not Good which is thereason the card could not being use.
To this effect, the appropriate authorities (Economic Community ofWest African States of African and American Government) has decidednot to deliver CARD to foreign clients through African anymore due toa lot of complains that beneficiaries are not receiving their paymentafter fees has been paid.
This office want you to understand that everything is in order,Economic Community of West African States and American Government haveagreed for you to receive your fund (ATM Master Card) through our (UBA-BANKI INTERNATIONAL PLC ) and you are to contact this officeimmediately for the release of your ATM Master Card with your fullinformations to enable us covers the insurance coverage and pleaseinclude copy of your identity for proper reprogramming and activationof your CARD PIN Number to enable you have access of withdrawalimmediately you receive your CARD.
You are advised to include the followings below:
(1). Your Full Name,(2). Your Country,(3). Your Direct Telephone Numbers,(4).Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,(5).Mobile Phone Number,(6). Your Correct Home Address,(7). Your Office Address,(8). Your Current Occupation,(9).Your Weekly/Monthly Income,(10). Your age ,(11).Your Next Of Kin Name,(12).Your Next Email Address,(13).Your Next TelePhone Numbers,
This is to inform you that we have done and concluded all thenecessary arrangement for your payment worth of $6.9USD (SIX MILLIONEIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) which have to be pay toyou through ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) with ATM Master Card.
Finally, you are being legally contacted regarding the release of yourlong awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the UnitedNation Monetary Unit, World Bank and the US Homeland SecurityDepartment has been Authorized to release your ATM MASTER CARDimmediately. The sum of $6.9USD has been approved in your favour via( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) desk.
Quickly get back to me for more advice.Thanks for Your Co-operation.REV.DR.PAUL SMITH,ATM Master Card Delivering Department.( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) Benin Republic.Office line:+229 9916-6926.Office line:+229 9916-6926.Email (

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