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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: Senate House <>
Reply-To: Senate House <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:55:42 -0430 (VET)
Subject: Good News

We do officially inform you that an Inter-Switch ATM-Card Valued
at $6.8 Million USD has been accredited in your favour 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 due
to its International Roaming status. Send your response to any of the
email below. Note that is under maintenance and so we
May not get your emails to it presently and suggest you email both
Address so as be sure we get your email.

Our contracted delivery company will deliver your award/package to
Your address. Please provide the following details for processing:

* Full Names:
* Delivery Address:
* Sex:
* Age:
* Occupation:
* Phone Number:

Senator David Mark
(Senate President)

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