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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: Mrs Zinchin Sullin <>
Reply-To: Mrs Zinchin Sullin <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:13:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Immediate Attention Required Now ..

 Attention:My Dear.

I write to inform you that i have your Certified Bank Draft here in my office to send to you as directed by my boss. I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick up your Bank

Draft of  Six  Million Dollars ($6Million Dollars) but did not heard from you for long time now, Well, i want you to know that i have deposited the Bank Draft with Reserve Bank of Benin

Republic, because i will be traveling to London England for my year course and will not come back till ending of May 2015.

So now i have arranged with Reserve Bank of Benin Republic to make your payment to you with their new ATM MASTER CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around the

globe/world and what you will be withdrawing Daily is $8,000 Dollar's every day . Because the Bank Draft was getting to the expire date. So You have to contact the Reserve Bank of Benin

Republic,  with your full contact information's such as follows:

1) Your Full Name==========
2) Your Residential Address=======
3)Your Postal Address===========
4) Your Phone And Fax Number=======
5)Your E-mail address============
6)Your Occupation=============
7)Your Official Age============
8)Your Photograph============
9)Your Country===============

However, Kindly contact the delivery agent who is in charge of the delivery of your ATM Master CARD

E:mail (
DR RICHARD FAGUSON the United Nation Payment Agent in Reserve Bank of Benin Republic.
Telephone:+229 68163258.

So try to contact DR RICHARD FAGUSON United Nation Payment Agent in  Benin Republic for your ATM Card as soon as possible to quicken the process of your ATM Card before it too late.Let me

know as soon as you receive your ATM Master Card.

Thank you and may the good lord be with you

Mrs Zinchin Sullin

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