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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, 17 Feb 2011 07:11:59 -0800 (PST)
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD DELIVERY DETAILS-$39 Usd To Effect Delivery of your Atm Card.


This is to officially inform you that an Inter-Switch ATM-Card Valued at $1,200,000.00 USD only has been accredited in your favor by the BJ Inter Switch ATM Organization.Your Personal Identification Number is ATM-0147. The ATM Card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,000.00 usd Per Day.

You are advised to contact us respond back to us via email for processing of the awarded fund ($1,200 000.00 USD)  and delivery of your ATM card to your residential home address by a courier service of your choice. Note: you will be paying a Stamp Duty fee of $39 Usd for your ATM card Approval paperwork of your awarded funds.

Please provide the following details for processing:
* Full Name:
* Delivery Address:
* Sex:
* Age:
* Occupation:
* Phone Number:         
* Country of Residence:
* Means Of Identification:

Payment Mode:
i. ATM Card Payment (Inter-Switch Card).
Delivery Method:
ii. Courier Service

Here is the Western Union Money Transfer or Money gram details where you are to send the needed fee for your ATM Card approval  paperwork Stamp Duty fee of $39 USD which is the only payment required to process your ATM Card.

Account Receiver's Name:- Ikechi N. Enwereuzor
Text Question:- Stamp
Text Answer:- Duty
Amount Expecting:- $39 Usd USD only.

Once the above Western Union payment receipt is confirmed by us, we shall commence immediately in  programming your payment and have your ATM Inter-Swift Card stamp duty. Your swift response will be appreciated so we process your claim and give you further directives, once again congratulation.

Remain Bless in the lord,

Mr. Peter Williams

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