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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: Sat, 21 May 2016 07:50:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your ATM master card is ready,

Good day,

I am Dr. Mohamed Ahmed the new Benin Republic minister of finance,I am
contacting you regarding your overdue outstanding payment of
$4.7000.00 dollars that has been with government account for so long
due to the corruption of the past government of president Thomas Boni
Yayi.The new president Mr.Patrice Talon took office on 6 April 2016
and is making sure that all the out standing payment will be paid out
to the the beneficiaries under his six months in office.We have given
United Bank For Africa (UBA)the go ahead order to you the sum of
$4.7000.00,and the said fund has been uploaded it an ATM master card
which will enable you withdrawing $5000.00 per day at any working ATM
machine around the world.You are advised to contact the (UBA)manager
Mr.Edwin Oka with your information such as below.

Your full name:__
Your country:__
Phone no:__
Copy of your ID__

Contact person the UBA manager with below info
Name:Mr.Edwin Oka
Text him on +1(917)3364843

You should ask him how to receive your ATM master card with the sum of
US$4.7000.00 dollars,I assured you that this is your golden
opportunity you have to receive your overdue payment and make sure
that you follow all legal instruction give to you on how your ATM card
will delivered to you.

I wish you the best of luck
Yours sincerely
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed
Phone: +229-9866-5265

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