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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: "BOC ACCREDITED AGENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <robertrbrr1@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:20:38 -0800
Subject: Your Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card is available for pick up

BANK OF CHINA LONDON (ACCREDITED AGENT)
90 Cannon Street
London EC4N 6HA,
United Kingdom


Ref: Payment Code :WF-UKKP23/857/MCL5/CO
Grant Number: WF/UK-MICC/97846563459/209

REF: BANK OF CHINA PLATINUM VISA DEBIT CARD PAYMENT YOU VALUED AT USD $7.5 MILLION ONLY.

We have been mandated by the Bank of England, United States Department of Treasury, and other Financial World bodies to pay out fund/entitlement by Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card. This procedure is to check mate fraudulent payment procedure by some official and delay of payment to beneficiary.

Irrevocable credit and release of fund will be paid through "BANK OF CHINA LONDON" Automated Teller Machine ATM PLATINUM VISA DEBIT CARD. Your name, e-mail and other personal information are still reflecting on our central data base system as the beneficiary of the fund which was delayed or kept pending

We have been mandated to take over the payment procedure and ensure your fund is release to you without further delay. We have resolved to implement the use of the Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card, introduced by the Bank of England to prevent and check fraudulent method of payment and at the same time facilitate the irrevocable and immediate release of your Payment to you.

In this proposed payment scheme, the said funds has been credited and programmed already into the new Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card valued at (USD $7.5) Seven Million Five Hundred United States Dollars, and the Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card is available for pick up.

Your pin code and online account information attached to your ATM visa debit card will be released to you at the point of collection. Furthermore, your immediate response to this e-mail will facilitate the irrevocable release of your Platinum Atm Visa Debit card to you


We need you to provide the following information stated below for re-confirmation before we can send further details of the payment information to you:

1. YOUR FULL NAME.
2. YOUR ADDRESS
3. OFFICE OR RESIDENTIAL TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
4. ANY FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR PROPER IDENTIFICATION.
5. OCCUPATION:

Further more you are advised to contact the protocol officer (Mr. Robert Barr by e-mail: robertrbrr1@hotmail.com) in charge for the release of your Platinum Atm Visa Debit Card, with the above required information for confirmation

NB: Time is no longer in your favor; you should contact Robert Barr immediately you receive this e-mail so that your Platinum Atm Visa Debit card can be released to you

We look forward to hear from you.

Regards,

Mrs Debbie Cole


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