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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. Thomas L. Philip" <"www.">
Reply-To: " Mr. Thomas L. Philip" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 04:58:46 +0900 (JST)


This is to inform you that we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with
the help of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United
Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and FBI.

We have been able to track down some scam artist in various
parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic
of Benin, Ghana and Senegal with cote d'ivoire ) and
they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at
International Criminal Court (ICC) soon for Justice.

During the course of investigation, they were able to
recovered some funds from these scam artists and IMF
organization have ordered the funds recovered to be shared
among the 3 Lucky people listed around the World as a
compensation. This notice is been directed to you because
your email address was found in one of the scam Artists file
and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you
have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with
sum of $680.thousand valid into an (ATM Card Number

Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries
who will receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your
payment to be paid to you through ATM VISA CARD and deliver
to your postal address with the Pin Numbers as to enable you
withdrawal maximum of $5,000 on each withdrawal from
any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until all the funds are

The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to
you using Express Mail Service (courier) .Note: that you
will pay for the Delivery fee, I don’t know the courier
cost of shipping the card to you but if you permit me and
accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the
courier shipping company to find out the cost immediate
Delivery of your ATM VISA Card.

The package is coming from Benin Republic. don't forget
to reconfirm your following information.

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You want us to Send Your ATM Card.
3. Cell/Mobile Number:

We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone
regarding your payment as we have short listed to deliver to
you and now urge you to comply and receive your ATM Card

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions
while I wait to hear from you today.

Yours in Services

Mr. Thomas L. Philip,

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