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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: "Shanghai Future Tower." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:54:58 +0530
Subject: ATM-3714

Shanghai Future Tower
300 Songlin Road Pudong
Union Pay/ATM Compensation Payment Notification
Attention Dear Beneficiary,
This is is to inform you that the China Union Pay settlement Committee and the ATM International Inc. wishes to congratulate you on the successful emergence in our ongoing fund remittance promo of all ATM card users around the globe. This scheme was initiated by the C.U.P and the ATM Inc. to compensate ATM card users and also to help the world in the sustainable 2011 poverty alleviation scheme. In regards to this, we wish to inform you that your ATM compensation funds valued at (US$1,800,000.00) One million and eight hundred thousand United States dollars has been authorized to be released to you through our corresponding financial institution in China.
China Union Pay is a leading operator approved by China's Welfare Lottery Center to develop and operate real-time electronic paperless lottery services in China and around the globe,in accordance with the rules and regulations set by China's Welfare Lottery Center as a result of a joint development effort by the China Union Pay and the ATM inc to all ATM card users worldwide.You are hereby requested to contact the office of our remittance agent Mr Sam Sui via email and telephone with details giving below with your personal details for immediate procession of won fund.
Shanghai Future Tower
300 Songlin Road Pudong
Contact Person: Mr Sam Sui
Required information:
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Address Were You Want Them to Send the ATM Card to (P.O Box Not Acceptable)
4. Your Age and Current Occupation
5. Country:
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-3714) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject. Now contact our ATM center Manager for more details.We Wait For Your Expedite Response.
Yours in Service,
Mr Sam Sui
Online Promotion Announcer

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