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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: "Dr. Mohamed Ahmed" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:22:45 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Contact Diamond Bank to load Fund $7.500, 000, 00USD in your ATM

Diamond Bank Benin
Address: Rue 308 Ganhi 01 BP 955 Cotonou, Bénin
Code Swift: DBLNBJBJ
Telephone: +229-676-399 66


This is to inform you officially that Benin Federal Authorities have approved
sum of $7.500, 000, 00 USD to you as inheritance fund, after verification, your
name was found in the list of scam victim in Africa, and IMF has signed your
fund to immediate load in your ATM through new system to help you get your Fund

Note! if you have any ATM card such as, Visa card, Debit Card, Master Card and
Credit Card in your country, please kindly forward your Card information as
below to load this fund to your ATM Card Account in your country to use your
card withdraw fund in your every bank or Cash Machine. This is legal approved
by International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Banking Authority Benin Republic for
immediate receive your approved fund $7.500, 000.00 USD.

As matter of fact, your Fund is deposited to Diamond Bank by Dr. Mohamed Ahmed,
Minister of Economy and Finance and Bank will activate your fund in your ATM
card after confirmation of your ATM information to withdraw fund.

Your Full Name: ____
You’re Address: ____
Phone Contact: ____
ATM Serial Number: ____
Type of your ATM: ____
Name of Bank issued your ATM: ____
Three Numbers in back of your ATM: ____
Limit Amount a day: ____

Diamond Bank SA
Managing Director: Rev. Donald K. Ricardo.
Phone Number: +229-676-399 66.
Fax Number: +229 996 308 65
E-mail: (

And once we receive above Information we activate this Fund to your ATM to
start withdrawal your fund in your country to help you receive your inheritance
fund. Finally, Director is waiting your urgent reply with your card information
to load your fund immediately.

Best Regards
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed

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