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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 Comfort Marcelo <>
Reply-To: Mrs Comfort Marcelo <>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 22:17:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Call me now: +229 68624909


is to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication of
fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of the Organization
of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and FBI.

have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of
African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana and
Senegal with cote d'ivoire ) and they are all in Government custody now,
they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for

During the course of investigation, they were able to
recovered some funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have
ordered the funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky people
listed around the World as a compensation. This notice is been directed
to you because your email address was found in one of the scam Artists
file and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you have been
scammed. You are therefore being compensated with sum of $3.5 million
US Dollars valid  into an (ATM Card Number 506119102227445160).

your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a
compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you
through ATM VISA CARD and deliver to your home address with the Pin
Numbers as to enable you withdrawal maximum of $5,000 on each withdrawal
from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the funds are

The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be
delivered to you using DHL Express Mail Service (DHL) .Note: that you
will pay for the Delivery fee of $155 to DHL COURIER COMPANY BENIN
REPUBLIC for your immediate Delivery of your ATM VISA Card.

The package is coming from Cotonou, Republic of Benin. don't forget to reconfirm your following information.

1. Your Full Name:

2. Address Where You want us to Send Your ATM Card

3. Cell/Mobile Number:

advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding your
payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge you to
comply and receive your ATM Card funds.

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait to hear from you today.

Yours in Services

Mrs. Comfort Marcelo
Treasury Department, International
Wire Transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance Benin Republic.
Telephone: +229-68624909

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