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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: "Donald Duke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 15:54:42 +0100

Greetings Dear Friend,

I want to inform you that IMF and the Government have resolved to pay your overdue compensation fund to you through ATM MASTER CARD to curtail the risk of carrying huge amount of money around. The total amount has been credited into ATM MASTER CARD; please contact the ATM payment centre for more instruction on how to make use of the ATM CARD to withdraw your money in any ATM machine around the globe. The ATM DEPARTMENT has been approved to send you an ATM CARD of (US$2.500, 000.00) only.

Now you can contact the ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT on this email ( they will send you the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$2.500, 000.00) which has been granted for your payment by ATM CARD which will enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine around the world, the maximum withdrawal is Ten Thousand United State Dollars per day. Feel free to get in touch with the ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT and give them direction on where to send the ATM CARD to you.

Do not hesitate to contact the ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT with the information given to you and also re-confirm the following information to them as listed below:

1. Full Name........................
2. Current Address..................
3. Phone Number.....................
4. A Copy of your identity..........
5. Your Nationality.................

Forward the above information to Prof. Michael Kohn, the head department officer of ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT, Phone: +229-9704-6911, Email :(

Please do let me know immediately you receive the ATM CARD so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time, please make sure you contact the ATM centre immediately to enable them activate your ATM CARD and send it to you.

Finally, be informed that an instruction was left with the ATM MASTER CARD DEPARTMENT to activate the CARD and send it to you immediately you contact them, so feel free to get in touch with the DEPARTMENT and they will send the ATM CARD to you with out any delay.

Best Regards,
Acct. Donald Duke.

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