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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: "DR GOODLUCK JAMES" <office4324556@att.net>
Reply-To: <intercontinentalbnk@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:54:18 -0000
Subject: ATM PAYMENT

DR GOODLUCK  JAMES
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC
ACCRA GHANA
TEL--+23329836738
 
DEAR CUSTOMER
 
IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT YOU ARE THE REAL
OWNER OF THE ABANDONED ATM CARD WHICH
OUR BOSS SAID THAT IT MUST BE POSTED TO YOUR
ADDRESS.  IN VIEW OF THIS MASSAGE YOU HAVE
SEND YOUR
 
1)YOUR NAME
2)HOUSE ADDRESS NOW
3) YOUR CELLPHONE NUMBER
 
MAKE SURE YOU SEND ALL THIS INFORMATION NOW
SO AS TO ISSUE YOU THE FEDEX TRACKING NUMBER.
 
REGARDS
DR GOODLUCK JAMES
INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC

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