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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: "Atm Card Payment Office" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:45:45 +0100 (CET)
Subject: RE

Atm Card Payment Office
Tickets No. lotto/2011/ATM

Dear Lucky Winner,

You have won US$1,000,000 Million Dollars ATM Card From
The Free internet lotteries, Which your e-mail address have been
Chosen today on the 11th February 2011, To free lotto Tickets
Number#. lotto/2011/ATM.
Please contact our Release Agent Winning Information
Mr. Mark Rollins

Cell Phone: +23470-670-59-087

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Country:
5. Telephone:
6. Sex:
7. Age:
8. How Do You Feel As A Winner:

All Prizes must be claimed within 2 weeks of draw results.
only one claim submission will be required. Successful claims will be
honoured within 14 days of Claim

Anti-fraud resources: