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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 Frank Ben <>
Reply-To: Mr Frank Ben <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:45:40 +0000 (UTC)

Zenith Heights Plot 87 Ajose
Adeogun Street,Cotonou Benin Republic
Attn:Payment Notification,
This is to bring your notice that,I have paid the re_activation fee and the delivery of your atm master card,I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD code is 8119 and $2.500 million Dollers inside has less than three days to expire,and when it expires,the money inside will go in to government purse.
with that i decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM MASTER CARD will not expire,because I know that when you get your ATM MASTER CARD definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you.
Now i want you to contact UPS DELIVER COMPANY with your full delivery information's such as
Your’.....full name


Your’.....home address

Your’.....Tel phone number

include your ID Card
so that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD to your designated home address without any more i started earlier,the delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fee charges since they refused.
they refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and the dummorage might have increase.they told me that their keeping fee charges is $189.per day and i deposited it yesterday been the 7th of December him as soon as you receive this email.
Below is their contact Information's

Contact person Peter Mark



Phone number: +229 99489337
contact them today to avoid increase of their official keeping fee.and let me know once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.

Mr Frank Ben

Federal Republic of Benin West Africa.

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