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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: eximland eximland <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 01:02:15 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: ATM CARD

World Bank Delegates
West African Regional Office
11 Gariki Road, Abuja-Nigeria.Ref.: Final Payment Release Update.
Amount Valued: US$10, 503, 278.00

I am obliged to inform you that we are mandated by the United Nation and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release your over due payment via ATM Swift Card.

And now it is our pleasure to inform you that the processing of the card has been completed, thus, the card has been successfully issued on your favor as at this morning.

So without delay, you are advised to forward your telephone number,Occupation with your mailing address where the card would be delivered directly to you.

Awaiting your urgent compliance to this effect,
Thank you,
Mr. Edward Brown,

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