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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: "Mrs., Faith Boni" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs., Faith Boni" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 03:56:41 +0900 (JST)


How are you? Hope all is well with you and your family. I know that you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to our mistake to delay the delivery up till now. I am writing to inform you that your file was found in our office today and we discovered that your cheque of $4.5 Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs. Julie Palmer. We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete the instruction giving by our boss.

My dear, Note that your cheque has been convert into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to tell you that the arrangement to deliver the $4.5 Million in ATM CARD is concluded today, Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover it from not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your Federal Government and we have deposited your ATM Card with the UPS Company delivery Company in Benin Republic in conclusion to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them with you current information,

1. Full name:
2. Your home Address:
3. Your current telephone number:
4. A copy of your picture:
5. Your age/sex:
6. Your country:
7. Your occupation:

Therefore you should please contact them now to avoid additional cost of demurrage because the Ups director said that, after 3 days, it should be counting on demurrage Therefore you should contact them immediately to avoid paying any demurrage or keeping fees to them ok, I deposited it Yesterday Morning. My dear, you should contact the UPS Company on this below Contact Person; Mrs,Faith Boni,Tele Phone Number; +229-68151277 Please try to call him immediately to know when Your ATM CARD could be deliver to you. I wait for your update as soon as you have receive your ATM CARD Package

Thanks and God Bless You.

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