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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: "PETER CHANG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:18:25 +0800
Subject: GOOD NEWS


Account normalization of your banking details has been delayed by International
Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Services Authority (USA). This has made it
necessary for your inheritance payment to be programmed into HSBC Visa Atm Debit
Card. The total fund in question is $5,300,000.00 This is the first part of the
Payment of which the balance will subsequently be paid into same account.

Bank of China, working in relationship with HSBC BANK USA and also Leeds Bank
in China has concluded to issue you an ATM CARD with which you can use to access
your beneficiary amount $5,300,000.00 This card center will send you an ATM card
which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the
world, but the maximum is Fifty Thousand United States Dollars($50,000) per day.
So if you like to receive your fund in this way, please let us know by
contacting the Managing Director ATM payment department (ANDY LAU) on email
( back to this office with the following information as listed below:

1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to
(p.o box not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5.Attachment copy of your ID
6Total Amount;

The ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $5,300,000.00 as part
payment for this fiscal year 2010 to you so bear with us. Also for your
information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s)
or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct,which
is (ATM-811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center
by using it as your subject.
We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately.

Secretary to Bank of China
Guangzhou Branch, China P.R.C.

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