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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 Chinedu <>
Reply-To: Johnson Chinedu <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:04:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS

 Attn: Sir/Madam

How are you today? I want to inform you that the charge demanded by the ATM Department to download the funds($1,500,000) into the ATM card and ship it to your home address which is bringing delay to the deliverying of the card to you since has now been raised.

I have been since trying to complete the fee for you because I know you will compensate me when you received the funds . I went to my uncle and borrowed the sum of $140 out of the $225 demanded by the ATM Dept of the HSBC Bank Plc. Now I will like you to send the remaining $85 so that I will complete the charge and get the department paid so that they will download the funds into the card and give you the ATM Pincode for withdrawal of the funds in any ATM Machine Worldwide.

Below is  the western union informations where you will send the $85 to. The Director of the ATM Department said that you will be receiving $10,000 everyday until the total funds finished.

Receivers name: EZANNIA CHILOKWU
City: Cotonou
Country: Benin Republic
Text Question: What color
Answer: White

Note: You are adviced to include your full name, Home address and your telephone number where they will deliver the card to you. Do contact us via ( Or call at +22998174075.

Yours friend,
Mr. Johnson Chinedu

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