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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: Thu, 21 May 2015 05:03:23 -0700
Subject: Executive,Committee On ATM Card Payment

Attention: Customer

We have made the best inquiry and found out that your ATM CARD was pressed on-hold by the FBI authority for Anti-tourist Certificate. And we have verified this certificate to cost you the sum of $85 us dollars only. Send us the require charges fee immediately, Once we receive the payment today we shall secure the certificate and forward to FBI for urgent release of your ATM CARD for Delivery to your doorstep. Send it through western union or Money Gram as follows

Receiver names... Midokpe Edvige Tovichede
Country...Benin Republic
City... Cotonou
What color..??
Amount... $85 dollars only.

Mr. Robert Peter
Executive,Committee On ATM Card Payment.
call or text +229 98836885.

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