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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: Peter Mark <>
Reply-To: Peter Mark <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I have left a certified ATM VISA CARD for you

 I have left a certified ATM VISA CARD for you
Hello My Good Friend.
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 did have received an email from me or my partner in

the past regarding to transfer a
Multi-Million-Dollar business proposal which we never concluded with you.
I am using this opportunity to inform you that the Multi-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

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

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 Mark on
he direct email adhe dress at: ( the collection of

I authorized he to release the ATM VISA CARD to you whenever you contact he regarding

for 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 token 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 Mark
Account Officer,
Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Email address: (
Tele 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 photo:.....................
7.your address: .................
Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you.
Mr Peter Mark

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