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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: "atmc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 04:09:25 +0200
Subject: GOOD NEWS

This is to officially inform you that (ATM Card Number; 4278763100030014) has
been accredited in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 2800. The
ATM Card Value is $1.8MILLION USD. You are advice to contact Dr. Johnson Green
with the following information via Email: FULL NAME:ADDRESS:,PHONE NUMBER:,
COUNTRY:,OCCUPATION:,SEX:& AGE:for immediate,delivery.

Dr. Johnson Green
Telephone: +34 672 528 791
( )

Senator David Mark, Announcer.

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