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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: "David Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:05:31 -0700
Subject: Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB


This is to officially inform you that an Inter-Switch ATM-Card Valued at
$6,800 000.00 USD only has been accredited in your favor by the NG Inter
Switch ATM Organization.Your Personal Identification Number is ATM-8222.

The ATM Card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,000.00 usd Per Day.

You are advised to contact us via this email :,we process the transferring of the
awarded fund ($6,800 000.00 USD) to your personal bank account or deliver
your ATM card to your contact address.

Note you will be paying a courier delivery fee of ($100USD) for your ATM
card courier delivery or COT (Commission of Transfer) if Bank to bank
Transfer of your awarded

Please provide the following details for processing:
* Full Name:
* Delivery Address:
* Sex:
* Age:
* Occupation:
* Phone Number:
* Country of Residence:
* Means Of Identification:

Payment Mode:
1) Delivery of ATM card by courier : Yes/No
2) Bank to bank Transfer: Yes/No

Your swift response will be appreciated so we process your claim, once
again congratulation.

Senator David Mark
Phone: +2348037720076

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