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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: "Metropolitan Safe Deposits Plc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 20:47:28 -0700

Metropolitan Safe Deposits Plc
From:Mr Jude Anderson
Remittance Manager Metropolitan Safe Deposits Plc
Phone Number:+44-7024077025

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment.due to necessary Verifications & Procedures.

After the board meeting held at our headquarters, we have resolved in finding a solution to the issue, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Europe, America,Africa and Asia Pacific, which is the
instruction given by the Board of Managers. And this instruction is ask to be carried out with immediate effect.

This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money on any ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum on card is ($41,000.00) Thousand Dollars. So, if you like to receive your fund this way get back with required details

(1) Full Name as wanted on Card:
(2) Address:(No P.O.Box)
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Date Of Birth:
(5) Occupation :


We shall be expecting to receive your information . On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development.

Thanks for your co-operation.
Best Regards,
Jude Anderson
Remittance Manager Metropolitan Safe Deposits Plc.

Note: Your code shall be (CARD 4520:2009) Make this code your reference number when contacting us.

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