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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: "George Anderson" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:46:01 +0200

Sequel to our series of meetings for the past 6 months, which just ended
with the Directors and Secretary to the United Bank For Africa,
representatives respectively in full attendance. The above organizations
after prolonged deliberations on series of complaints received from scam
victims has unanimously agreed to compensate all scam victim with a clear
verifiable proof with the sum of $1.5USD One Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollar each.

We have finally succeeded in getting your ATM CARD worth of $1.5million
out of delivery your ATM CARD with the help of Anthony Godwin Attorney
General of Federal High Court of Justice BENIN REPUBLIC which act as your
foreign Attorney representative here in BENIN REPUBLIC.

So every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the Agent
George Anderson. the ATM CARD and every Documents guiding your delivery is
well updated so you are advice to re-confirm your full delivery
information to the Agent right now as he is currently at Atlantic City
International Airport New Jersey(USA) with your ATM CARD, As he called me
this morning to inform me that he miss no time to waste due to his flight

So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.

(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(6)Nearest Airport ==============

as he is at Atlantic City International Airport New Jersey (USA) right now
because of the Searching and Scanning of the ATM CARD which made him to
misplace your address A Copy of Your I D For Identification or driving

Contact the Agent below,

Name- Agent George Anderson
Contact number (856)599-5102
E-mail (
or reply back the massage he will respond to you immediately.

So contact him to deliver your ATM CARD first thing tomorrow morning
possibly today, So get back to us immediately you contact the Agent to
make sure that your fund has getting to you without any hitch,

Mobile: +229 61767986

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