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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.Richard Martins" <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 05:39:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card

Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card

We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you,
your over due Winning Prize/inheritance fund which you could not complete
the process of the released of your transfer pin code through the Digitized
Payment System. We have decided to pay your funds through (ATM Master
Express Credit Card) This arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World
Bank, United Nation and Paris Club, due to fraudulent activities going on
within the world.

The World Bank, United Nations and Paris Club introduced this payment
arrangement as to enable our Contract ,Winning Prize,inheritance beneficiary
to receive their fund without any interference. the ATM Master Express
Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.

The ATM MASTER EXPRESS CARD is credited with the sum of$5,500.000.00
USD(Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), it is already
loaded in the Master Card which you can use to access your fund in any ATM
Stand/location worldwide and remember that the maximum withdrawal daily
limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars(US$10,000.00)we have concluded
delivery arrangement with the below courier services companies and their
delivery time is stated below.


Kindly provide me with the below details in your response to this email and
let me know which courier company you would want us to use for the shipment
of your ATM Card to you.

1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Phone Number:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:

Understand that you will be liable for the delivery fee of your ATM Master
Express Card to you with any of the above courier company.


Mr.Richard Martins
Director Foreign Remittance Department
Fidelity Bank Benin Plc

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