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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. Jeffy Anthony," <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Jeffy Anthony," <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 06:31:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your payment Release,

THE MANAGEMENT OF ECO-BANK (PLC) REPUBLIC OF BENIN. Wishes to inform you that we are in receipt of our ATM Master Card issued in your favor with amount of $5.5 MILLION USD only, from FedEx and they told us to cancel the ATM Card, that you refuse to pay for the delivery charge......

We are contacting you to know if true you are not serious to receive your Winning Funds ATM Master Card and also you are now advised to contact our Director General and tell him what is going on and why you asked FED-EX to destroy your ATM Master Card for no reason. So my Dear you can let him know what really happened or if you truly asked FED-EX to destroy your ATM Master Card.

So Contact our Director General Office if you still want to receive your ATM Card and plead with him that you did not ask FedEx to destroy your ATM Master Card because our Director General Dr. Jeffy Anthony is not happy about what FED-EX told us.

Contact Name: Mr. Jeffy Anthony,
Phone Number:+229-99-60-84-11

Now try and Send him your information's

Your full name
Your full home and office address
Also your home and office telephone number to enable fast communication.

So try and get in touch with our Director General now because we have been waiting to hear from you first just to know if you still want to receive your ATM Master Card or not before we will take any action to cancel unclaimed ATM Master Card. So feel free to get in touch with our BANK DIRECTOR GENERAL DR. Jeffy Anthony, because your ATM Card is with him right now and ask him to send your ATM Master Card to you without any more delay and try to re-confirm your address once again to him Just to avoid any mistake for the delivery.

Thank you.
With my best regards,

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