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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:

Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:46:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Congratulation Your Atm Card

Attention beneficiaries
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 from Federal Republic of Benin. Your email was among
the list of victims submitted to our office by the United States Fraud investigation Department and final investigation by our secret agents who has been monitoring
your correspondence via special tracking device has shown that you are truly a victim of scam.
Right now we have finally succeeded in getting your ATM CARD worth of $1.5million out of delivery your ATM CARD with the help of Adams Mole 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 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 there is no time to waste due to his flight ticket,
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 ==============
Contact you Agent below he is at Atlantic City International Airport New Jersey USA.
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 if possibly today.
Mobile: +229 61767986

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