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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: Mrs Ronald Shalla <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:53:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Attn: ATM Beneficary

Attn:  ATM Beneficary
This is to bring to your notice that, I have paid the courier charges and the delivery of your ATM CARD.I paid it because the ATM CARD worth $3.5,MUSD has less three weeks and four days to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve.I paid it to avoid it expire.

Like i stated earlier,The delivery charges has been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused,Reasons for their refusal is because they do not know when you are going to contact them.They told me that their keeping fee is $55 per day. i deposited it on today Tuseday 17/2/2011.

ATM DEPARTMENT Service Company

Telephone No: +229 99 09 27 18

Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees.

Yours Sincerly ,
Mrs Ronald Shalla

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