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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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Fraud email example:

From: "NG Inter Switch ATM Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 23:22:23 -0700
Subject: ~~~Our Ref: NG/ATM-8222(Please Read)~~~

This is to officially inform you that an Inter-Switch ATM-Card Valued at $350,000.00 USD only
has been accredited in your favor by the NG InterSwitch ATM Organization.Your Personal
Identification Number is ATM-8222.The ATM Card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,000.00
usd Per Day.
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