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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: "ATM CARD OFFICE." <atmdept@precision-camera.com>
Reply-To: atmoffice_a@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:05:22 -0600
Subject: ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY.




ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY,

This is to officially inform you that ATM card number: 4715 1500 0319 9800
worth Five Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars ($5.5 Million usd) has
been credited in your favor in bid to compensate you on your contract
payment since you are next on our inheritance file for the Final part of
this fiscal Year 2010.The card center will send you an ATM CARD which you
will use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE in the world.


Your personal identification is ATM- 7501. Contact the verification
officer Mr. Bright Adewale on: (adewalebright55@yahoo.com.hk ) with the
Following for proper verification and claim processing:


Full Name................ Delivery
Address.........Country..................Occupation...............Phone
Number...........Fax
Number...............Age......................

Regards,
STATE INHERITANCE COMMITTEE

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