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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. Ralph Leek" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:43:15 +0100
Subject: Your Pin Based ATM Card


We received an instruction from the wife of US president Mrs Michelle Obama, to released your outstanding payment of US$ 2.500, 000.00 Million, we have successfully Converted this total amount into an ATM Card in your name,

And it has been approved and deposited to A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company this morning for registration, and we agreed up that, the delivery of your $2.500,000.00 Million USD ATM Package will take off tomorrow morning,

The information of the A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company is below;

Contact Name Dr. Vincent Riso
From A.D.L Express Courier Delivery Company
Tel: +229-985-679-87

So contact with your full info where your ATM card will be delivered to,

(1) Full Name:..........
(2) Mobile Number:.............
(3) Direct telephone number:............
(4) Country of origin:......................
(5) Your Current delivery address:................
(6) Occupation/ age/ sex:...............................
(7) Passport ID:...................

Urgent get back to us today with your full address where your ATM card will be delivered to because I will not be in the office next week;
The amount in your Card is US$ 2.500, 000.00 Million and your Pin code is: (9106).

Best Regards,
Mr. Ralph Leek
IMF Head Quarter Dept Reconciliation Committee
Benin Republic

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