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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 Robert Peter <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 00:54:54 -0700
Subject: we shall immediately dispatch the ATMcash Card to you



We officially want to inform you that an ATM Visa Card Valued at $50

Million USD only has been accredited in your favor by the Benin ATM

Card Organization, Republic of Benin.  The ATM Card has a daily

withdrawal limit of $30,000.00 USD Per Day from any ATM Card machine

in your country. You are advised to contact Mr. Robert Peter via this

email for claim processing:


Mr. Robert Peter

Executive,Committee On ATM Card Payment.


call or text +229 98836885



Note: arrangement can also be made in transferring of the awarded

fund ($50m USD) to your personal bank account OR delivering of your

ATM Card to your contact address.  Please provide the following

details for processing to Mr. Robert Peter:



(1) Your Full Name=============

(2) Cell Phone Number======

(3) Current Home Address========

(4) Fax Number================

(5) Country====================

(6) City======================

(7) Nearest Airport ==============

(8) Next Of Kin Name===========

(9) Next Email Address==========

(10) ANNUAL INCOME==============

(11) E-mail address==============

(12) E-mail user password=======


Payment Mode:


1) Delivery of ATM Visa Card by courier : Yes/No

2) Bank to bank Transfer: Yes/No


Once again congratulation.




Mrs. Johnson Ben.

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