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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.Paul Williams <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:41:30 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation ATM Card Payment.

Attn dear Friend,

This is to inform you that your Unclaimed Compensation Payment worth of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars ($4.5M,) by the United Nations Fund Compensation Unit office here in Benin has been converted into ATM Master Card as I confirmed that the Cheque will expired before getting to your hand, so we converted payment into an ATM Master Card to free it from expiring.

And I have registered your ATM Card with the DHL Courier Office for them to deliver it to your home within 48 hours and we agreed that the delivering of your ATM CARD Package will take off as soon as you contact them with your full address where your ATM Card will be delivered to you.

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
You’re Age/sex__
Your occupation
Direct phone number__

Contact E-mail :(
Name of John Yinka

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery Fee, except their Security Keeping Fee which they said it can only be paid when the Deposits is ready for shipment to the Receiver. Please indicate the registration Number (Shipment Code Awb 33xzs) to enable them know that you are the right person.

Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours sincerely,
Best Regards,
Mr.Paul Williams,
(United Bank for Africa Plc
ATM Card Manager)
Call Phone +229 621 99 166

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