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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: Mon, 1 May 2017 22:25:04 +0800 (SGT)

Good day.

I’m the new appointed Postman of Regular Mail Post Office branched at
Porto Novo-Benin. I assumed this office on 5th January 2017. On going
through the files of the previous records of this office,

I discovered that there are six parcels containing ATM cards each one
attached with an email address of the owner on it. The former appointee of
this office (Alhaji Ahmed Musa Jr) failed to carry out the delivery as it
was instructed and programmed. And one of his reasons for not carrying out
the delivery was that you have not provided your postal address to him for
the completion of the delivery.

According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was deposited
by one Senior Evangelist Mathew Peterson who died two years back. On the
statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the aforementioned
ATM cards contains USD $850.000.00. Meanwhile, I am making the arrangement
of posting the six parcels through Regular Mail Post Office to all of you.
So, I want you to provide your postal address and your personal
information as listed below:

1. Your Full Name:_________
2. Your Postal Address:__________
3. Your Country and current City:_______
4. Your Telephone Numbers:__________
5. Your Country’s Postal Code:__________

Don’t be surprise in case this message appears in your mail box as
“undisclosed recipients” because I am sending the same message of the same
content to six of you at the same time.

I went to our head office at Cotonou-Benin and reported the issue of the
discovered six ATM cards in my office and they verified it and gave me the
order to carry out the delivery immediately after you send the $64.99 USD
for the Postal Stamp of the parcel. We would have deducted the fee out of
the main fund but as you are clearly aware that we don’t have any access
to the pin code of the ATM card until you receive it and open it by
yourself. It’s an illegal act for us to open the pin code ourselves. So,
you should send the $64.99 USD today for the Postal Stamp. Send the $64.99
USD through Western Union or Money Gram to my secretary (TEDDY NWA) as
listed below:

Receiver’s Name: TEDDY NWA
Destination: Cotonou, Benin Republic
Test Question: URGENT
Answer: TODAY
Amount: $64.99 Us Dollars

Sender’s Name:
Sender’s Address:
MTCN or Reference Number:

Thanks and God bless you as I will be waiting for your urgent response
with the payment info soon.

Telephone#: +229 6762 7176

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