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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:

Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:21:47 +0200


Good Day,

I am directed to inform you that your payment verification and
confirmations are correct, therefore we are happy to inform you that
arrangements have been concluded to effect your payment as soon as
possible Due to your long over-due payment which you have been finding
it difficult to receive via a Certified Bank Draft issued by the UN
Promo, we have arranged your payment through HSBC Bank ATM Card
Payment Center, this is
an instruction passed by the United Nations in respect to all over
delayed payment and debt re-scheduling.

We will send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been
approved in your favor with Card Number: 5301236451206002, with valued
sum of $315,810.00 USD (Three Hundred and Fifteen Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Ten USD Only), which you are to use in accessing your fund
in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that the maximum
withdrawal daily limit is Five Thousand United States Dollars
(US$5,000.00).We have concluded delivery arrangement with the ups
courier services.Please note that the UPS
courier company is fully insured by Nicon Insurance Corporation.

Kindly provide the details below for delivery.
1. Valid Delivery Address.
2. Full Names.
3. Phone Number.
4. Other Email.
5. Occupation.

Please do confirm that you will take responsibility for the cost of
delivery ($135), so that i will know how to proceed with you. Please
be informed that the delivery will be made to your address in 48 hours
(2 days) after our confirmation of this payment for delivery, as you
know that the delivery fee receipt will be also attached on your
payment delivery documents to avoid your package being delayed by

Treat urgently and note that your ATM Card is ready and available for
dispatch to you and contact us via

CALL ME FOR YOUR ATM CARD (+2348055435348)

Dr.Fredrick O'Brien

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