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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: "WILLIAM SMITH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:59:32 +0100

This is to inform you about the outcome of the meeting with the bank A.T.M department.the fund $4.2 milion
usd has been activated into two card of a.t.m.the card contains $2.1 million each your a.t.m card numbers
are (0710) and (0711).you are to contact this company for immidaite delivery of your a.t.m card as the office
will close for the year on 24th december is only your requirments,your package reg number is
xqd7819-sc,therefore contact the courier company by reconfirming your right info to them. such as your
name,your personel phone number,and your house address,the courier contact person is mr lewis kennedy
as the director incharge of delivering unit
E-maill address....(
office mail...(
Note this- The package was deposited as an express delivery,therefore contact and recieve it now
good luck
regard william smith

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