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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:

Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:12:56 -0400 (CLT)
Subject: File No: UK/PAY/004/08/2010

Ref: ATM/UK/08/10
Batch: 2084/002/PAY101
File No: UK/PAY/004/08/2010

After series of verification from the UK Award Release Department and The Internal Revenue Agency, We have therefore been authorized to formally notify you as one of the unpaid and legitimate beneficiary of £ 550,000.00 GBP (Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds).

You are therefore officially awarded with an Inter-Switch ATM-Card Valued at £ 550,000.00 GBP (Five Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds); this is accredited in your favour by the UK Inter Switch Committee.

NOTE: Due to high level of Internet Fraud and impersonation resulting to delayed payment; International Roaming problems and shipment fees from Couriers and Diplomatic Deliveries, we have been mandated to have funds from the ATM Chip transfered to you via Bank-To-Bank Transfer. This is to ease transfer of award funds. Funds will be domiciled into your account as soon as you confirm and verify your information from your payment file.

For purpose of transparency, you are required to adhere strictly to the above information and ensure you contact your claims agent immediately you receive this notification.

Mr. Garry Kelberson

Tel: +447024070968 (Call for any inquiries and verification)

Fill the Below informations and send to via email for onward processing and release of funds to you:

* Full Name:
* Home Address:
* Country / Nationality:
* Sex / Age:
* Current Occupation:
* Phone Number (landline and Mobile #)

Choice of claims procedure;

1) SWIFT BANK TRANSFER (Through our correspondence bankers, Allocated Branch IN UK) [....]

Please note: You are to forward the above personal information to:
Mr. Garry Kelberson ( //

Once again on behalf of all our staff, we apologize for the previous delay prior to this notification!!!

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Marbel Fredrick,
Executive (International Sweepstakes).
ATM's Payment Team (Outstanding Payouts)

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