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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. Lee Annel" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Lee Annel" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:29:24 +0900 (JST)

I am Mrs. Lee Annel, the Director of Credit Bank Benin Republic this is to
bring to your notice that, i have paid the registration fee of your ATM
VISA CARD, because the ATM-card worth $5.8M USD has less a month to expire and
when it expires the money will go into Government reserve. With that I decided to
help you pay the money so that the ATM CARD will not expire, because, I know
when you get your ATM CARD definitely you must compensate me.

Now, your ATM CARD has been deposited with ATM card delivery centre here in
Benin Republic for delivery direct to your doorstep. Therefore, i want you to
contact the ATM CARD DELIVERY COMPANY with your Full Contact
Information’s where to deliver your ATM Card, so that they can deliver
Your ATM CARD to your destination address without any delay.

(1)Your Full Name------------------------
(2)Cell Phone-------------------------------
(3)Your Country----------------------------
(4)Mailing Address------------------------
(5)ID Photo-------------------------------
(7)Home Phone-----------------------------
(8)City of resident---------------------------

Forward those information's to the ATM CARD DELIVERY COMPANY ASAP and like I,
stated earlier, The registration fee has been paid but i did not pay their
official security keeping fees since they refused. because the Reasons they
refusal is that they do not know when you will contact them so you will send
them the official keeping fee which is $25.00 only As of now, I, deposited
it on 21th of November 2018 being today therefore, Try to contact them
immediately to avoid any increase in the security keeping fee OK. Thanks for your

Below is their Contact Information's;

Contact Person: Rev MR. YANKA EDWARD
Email Address:(
Country; Benin Republic Cotonou

Let me know immediately you received your ATM CARD okay.
Best Regards
Mrs. Lee Annel.

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