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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: "AtmMasterCard / Mega Promotion" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:47:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Ticket No.:ATM-2011-lotto

Your Winning Info:
Batch No: 014/2011
Ticket No.:ATM-2011-lotto

Dear Lucky Winner,

Congratulations as we bring to your notice today 29th, The Office of the
senate house of Assembly and committee has chosen you by the board of
trustees as one of the final recipients of this 2011 new year promotion
cash grant/Donation.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary celebration,We are giving out a yearly
donation of The ATM Master Card Value is $6.8 million USD to 4 lucky
recipients,as New Year promotion from the W.H.O,UN, and the EU in
accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. Fill out below information
and send it to the Payment Remittance Office Via their email contact

Full Name:
Fax Number:
Winning Batch No:W-342-8876,U-500-32)
Mr.William Davison

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