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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. Kingsley Moghalu" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:29:23 -0700

Hello dear,

This is to bring to your notice that I have registered your ATM visa
card of ($8.5 Million USD) with the United Parcel Service (UPS)
Courier Service Benin Republic after our final meeting regarding your
funds, all you will do is to contact UPS Director Mr. Frank L. Edward
via E-mail:, he will give you direction
on how you will be receiving your ATM visa card. Remember to send him
your full details to avoid wrong delivery such as,

Receiver Name:...........
Current Phone Number:......
A copy of your:............

Please contact with your delivery information, you can also call him
+229-62084830 as soon as you receive this message and tell him to give
you direction on how you will be receiving your ATM card of
($8.5Million USD). I have paid for the insurance & delivery fee. The
only fee you have to pay is their security keeping fee only. Please
indicate the registration Number of ( DCJKT00678G ) and ask him how
much is their security fee so that you can pay it. On this note, I am
pleased to inform you that ATM card Number is (4834 6030 0311 8473)
for the sum of $8.5 Million has been credited in your favor and ready
for immediate delivery to you. The PIN and all necessary user guides
will be attached on delivery (intact in the ATM card package doc.)
which will be delivered to you by the UPS courier service, for your
easy use. Please do let me know as soon as you received your ATM visa

Best Regards
Dr. Kingsley Moghalu
Office of the Deputy Governor
ACB, Benin

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