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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: "RUIU MONICA" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 10:21:27 +0200
Subject: Re:Congratulation Your Payment Is Successful !!!!!!!!!!!

*Dearest Friend,*
*I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your bank
draft but did not hear from you since that time then i went and deposited
the 1.200,000.00 Euros draft/cheque in the bank.*
*We have arranged your payment through swift card payment center Asia
pacific, this card center will send you an Atm Card which you will use to
withdraw your money in any Atm machine in any part of the world, but the
maximum is One Thousand, Five Hundred Euros per day.*
*Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM
Payment Card. Send your information which they will use to send the card to
*1::Your full name::
2::Your home address were you want them to send the atmcard::
3::Current occupation::
5::Your current home telephone number/mobile phone number:: ::
6::A Copy of your identification::*
*However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your
Atm Card. *
*ATM Payment Department Apex Bank *
*Email Address:* ** <>

*I have paid for the processing charges.the only money that your are going
to pay to them is only 100 Euros which they will use to obtain the affidavit
of onwership from the federal high court of Benin Republic. *
*Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your
card before your draft gets expired . *
*Let me know as soon as you receive your card. Wait for your respond. *
*Thanks You For Your Good Co-operation in this matter.*

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