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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: "ZENITH BANK PLc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:16:05 -0600
Subject: PAYMENT VIA ATM MASTER CARD'' Contact Mr Benson Adam now

How are you today?

We apologize for the inconveniences surrounding your compensated funds Remittance of US$2.500, 000,00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ) in custody of our Admin director, ZENITH BANK PLC. We held meeting yesterday concerning the problem effecting your Remittance, and after all deliberation, the Panel came together in agreement to settle with your funds via automated ATM MasterCard for easy withdraw access of $5.500.00 daily.

The meeting was sealed yesterday and your funds was Approved via ATM MasterCard, attached with PROOF FOR OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE, clarifying you are the legitimate beneficiary of $2.500.000.00 accessable via ATM MasterCard from any of the Machine location worldwide. BANK GUARANTEE LETTER, in accordiance with the courier company to have your ATM MasterCard parcel delivered immediately the terms for shipment are been fulfilled. This was Approved by the Federal Ministry of Finance with authority to released your funds ATM MasterCard with immediate effect.

Now Mr. Anthony Morrison our admin director, has sealed a concrete shipping agreement with the courier service to have your card delivered directly to your home address without stress for pickup. Your only requirement, is to pay for the shipping paperwork's from the courier authorities. The Paperwork's as agreed for your service will cost you US$250.00 only, which include INSURANCE and the SECURITY KEEPING FEE to complete the shipping process to your door step for pickup.

The registration was done on your behalf with ( Royal Express Courier Service ) And your parcel registration number with them is (RX1X2014) which is for Express Service to you.


(1) Parcel Receiver's Full Name :
(2) Receiver's Full Address : (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Receiver's Phone Number :
(4) Receiver's Country :
(5) Passport identification :


Courier Director: Mr. Benson Adams
Contact Email:
Direct Mobile: +234 809-227-3438
Fax: +234-1-2207784

Email the delivery director Mr. Benson Adams with the shipping information required for clearance, and he will instruct you further with the needful Paperwork's to further your parcel with there service to your residence for pickup. The Paperwork's is just $250.00 and above all, there is a Assurance/Guarantee Letter that is been issued to backup your safety.

You are completely well assured by the courier authorities, and they have just 48hrs to deliver your ATM MasterCard for usage.

They will send your shipping tracking number immediately your payment with them.

Thanks for your co-operation.

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