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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 John Benson." <>
Reply-To: "Mr John Benson." <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:56:25 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Call Office Number: +229 61423761

Good day dear Beneficiary,

How are you doing hoping all is well with you and your family? We know you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to delay on the delivery up till now. 
We are here by writing to inform you that your file was found in our old payment files and we discovered that your compensation payment of $4.7 Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by (ECO-WAS)The Economic Community of West African States (ECO-WAS) We are here to inform you that your payment has been converted into UBA VISA CREDIT CARD to free it from Expiring, and all the necessary arrangement for your ATM MASTER CARD Payment that worth $4.7Million United State Dollars has been granted for your payment through Our VISA CREDIT CARD Department Center. 
now we required  your Informations to update our VISA CREDIT CARD Department Center with your contact details as stated below so that we will proceed with the necessary arrangement for the delivery of your VISA CREDIT CARD:

1  Your Full name, ________________
2. Your home Address, ______________
3. Your telephone number, ______
4. Your office telephone number___
5. A copy of your ID, _____________
6. Your age/sex, ____________________
7. Your occupation, __________________
8. Your country, __________________
9. fax__________________________

Therefore you should Contact to OUR VISA CREDIT CARD PAYMENT DEPARTMENT CENTER Immediately Contact Person; Mr.Brian Moynihan contact us immediately to know when your VISA CARD will be delivered to you. 
make sure that you send the required Informations to Mr.Brian Moynihan for update and to avoid wrong delivery.
Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours sincerely,
Mr John Benson,
Call Office Number: +229 61423761

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