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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:

Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:50:13 +0430
Subject: Your ATM Visa Card Delivery Notification

U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.
Contact phone number +1(917) 809-2669

Your ATM Visa Card Will Be Shipped Through USPS To Your Address I am
Mr. Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State by profession. This
is to inform you officially that after our investigations with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) and other Security Agencies in the Country for this year
begining 2019, we discovered that you have not receive your fund. I
have made it my Second first point of call since taking office to
settle all Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations
with respect to local and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling
and Outstanding Compensation payment.

This is to make sure all Outstanding payments are settled this fiscal
year 2019. On Behalf of the entire staff of the U.S. Department of
State and the United Nations in collaboration with World Bank, we
apologize for the delay of your contract payment, Winning or
Inheritance funds from most of African Countries and all the
inconveniences you encountered while pursuing this payment.

However, from the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment
with the U.S Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on
the list of the outstanding payment who has not yet received their
payments. Note that from the record in my file, your outstanding
contract payment is $40, 800,000.00 (Fourty Million Eight Hundred
Thousand Dollars) loaded in an ATM Visa Card that allows you to make a
daily maximum withdrawal limit of $20,000 TWENTY Thousand Dollars).

I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to
receive your fund valued at $40,800,000.00 (Fourty Million Eight
Hundred Thousand Dollars). This Funds will now be delivered to your
designated address or your preferred payment option.

We have perfected all modules on how to bring this fund to your house
without any problem, but be aware that United Nations and the United
States Government has only authorized my office to release the Sum of
$40,800,000.00 to you as true beneficiary of the Fund.

Note that your loaded ATM Visa Card will be mailed to you through
Priority Mail Express (USPS) to your designated address immediately
you admit full compliance to this email. NOTE: Every documentation
proof for your fund have been packaged and seal to be mailed together
with your Visa Card to your address. Therefore, the only obligation
required of you by the laws of the Government of United States and the
financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that you as a
beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF
PROCEED from the Supreme Court of USA, as a means to justify the
legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from USA so that by
the time your funds gets to you, no authority will question the funds
as it has been legally certified free from all financial Malpractices
and facets. The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of just
($100USD) The fee payment can be made TO Originated Country of the
funds Benin: If You Can't Send to Africa, buy iTunes with the $100 and
send us the code number with the copy ok.

Sent it via Western Union or Ria or Purchase iTUNES Card $100

Receiver Name, Sihon Sule
Country: Benin Republic
City: Portonovo
Amount: $100
TextQ: When
Answer: Today
Address; 305 glenridge CP. Nashville, Benin 37221

After you make the payment, then kindly fill the below details or
attach to us the payment slip:

Senders name:

As soon as the above mentioned details are received, The LEGAL STAY OF
PROCEED will be secured on your behalf immediately. I need all the
compliance that I can get from you to ensure we get this project
accomplished. Personally, I am very sorry for the delay you have gone
through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instructions
which are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept my
congratulations in advance. Thanks for your cooperation as your quick
response to this email notice with adherence to the above instructions
is highly anticipated.

Yours Sincerely,
Mike Pompeo
U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.
Contact phone number +1(917) 809-2669

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