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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: mohamed Moussa <>
Reply-To: mohamed Moussa <>
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:34:51 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Your Atm Visa Card

Hello, Dear Partner,Your Bank Draft worth of $1.4 Millionusd has been credited into ATM VISA CARD by the issuing Bank,be inform that you can not withdraw more than $7,500 everyday this is what the Bank said, you will see the rest details when you receive it.

I have also registerred your ATM VISA CARD $1.4 Millionusd with GREEN STAR EXPRESS COMPANY, reconfirm your contact informations as follows.

( 1. Full Names, 2. Delivery Address and 3. Telephone Number) CONTACT Person is Mr,Jim V.Simon. E-MAIL: ( )PHONE Nunmber +22996334110

so i have pay for delivering and insurance charges.i paid it, so the only money you will pay them is security keeping fee which they state that i will not pay for it because the keeping fee is $25 dollars per a day,and i deposited it yesterday been 23th march 2009.And i did not contact you yesterday due to low connection, so that is why i did not pay for keeping fee,so i want you to contact urgent to avoid increase of their keeping fee.

Yours Faithfully
Dr. Mohame moussa .
Your Atm Visa Card

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