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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 ben <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:46:08 +0000 (UTC)


ATTENTION,    I have contacted my secretary to confirm if you have received the compensation of US $2.8Million United States Dollars;Only which I issued in your name before taking off to Melbourne Australia where i am investing my own Share on the Fund i wanted you to help me Transfer to a Foreign Account earlier.     Note your ATM Master Card is well packaged with every legal document covered it and normal formalities process without having any problem with any Authorities or with your Federal Government, so we are here by inviting you to our office for pick up and issue the Secret pin code/number to you to enable you make withdrawal at any ATM MACHINE WORLDWIDE nearest of your choice, as it's activated.   
But if you cannot be able to come down here in our office in person be inform that you are going to pay for delivery/shipping fee of your ATM MASTER CARD, so if you are unable to come down here then you are required to update them with your contact details as stated below so that they will proceed with the necessary arrangement for the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD.   
As of now be informed that all arrangement has been done and canceled and the ATM Visa CARD has be in your name, but to RE-ACTIVATE the ATM Card you have to forward your current information as requested below to the bank for the ATM Card re-actification, then they will send you the ATM CARD for your immediate use.   
Here are the information you have to forward to the bank:1. Your Full Names:_____________2. Postal Address:______________3. Direct Cell Numbers:__________4. E-mail Address:______________5. Sex:_______________________6. Age:_______________________7. Occupation:_________________8. Nationality:__________________ 9.OCCUPATION:_______________ 10.OCCUPATION:______________

CONTACT PERSON: Dr.Carlos MeviChief Executive Officer Dimond Bank Pl cBenin . RepublicE-mail: ( Direct Hotline:  +229 9848-66-50,

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