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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: Manager of TNT Courier Company <"www.">
Reply-To: Manager of TNT Courier Company <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 03:00:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From TNT Courier Company Office Benin Republic.

From TNT Courier Company Office Benin Republic.

This is the inform you that there is ATM VISA card in this office deposited by a Dr.Mary James on the 13 of MARCH 2017. Your e-mail address was attached to it and is to be posted to you. We have been waiting for you to contact us for your confirmable ATM card which contains the sum of $15.8 Million USD and some vital documents. So kindly get back to this office (TNT COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC) to avoid fraudulent issues concerning in this service.

Contact Mr. Dupont David
Phone +229 98146952
Email :(

that we should send the ATM You are to reconfirm and provide to us your Delivery address below.

Your full name.........
Your country............
Your postal address.....
Your direct phone.......

Note: that you are to pay for the Delivery fee of $65.USD you are advise to send the fee through western union or money gram to the cashierâs name below and forward the payment information to the Company email: for immediate Delivery of your ATM.

Receiver name.......PAUL IKE
Country.....Benin Republic

Note: that every claim has an expiring period of fourteen workingdays (14days) so you have to send this fee so that your ATM will be Delivered to you urgently to avoid expiration,

Here is the tracking Number of your Card #5544 32421

Understand that it will not track now due to your Card is not yet on the Shipment

Your best regard
Mr. Dupont David
Manager of TNT Courier Company
Benin Republic.
tntexpress company

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