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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: "Mr.Jeffery Simpson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:41:54 +0800

Dear Respectable One,

This is to officially informed you that the ATM Card numbered;5438400123456789 valued at $1.5 MILLION USD (One Million Five Hundred Thousand USD ) has been accredited in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number ATM-2900.The ATM Card has a daily withdrawal limit of US$5,000.00 (Five Thousand USD)only.This is the final notification and after a months' notice, your ATM Card will be sent to the national treasury. You are advice to contact the dispatch body of our affiliate courier company,for claim processing and verification with the below details:

* Full Name:
* Delivery Address:
* Phone Number:
* Gender:
* Age:
* Occupation:
* Country:

Contact person: Mr Emmanuel Johnson
Contact Email:
phone number: +234 709 048 6906

NOTE:The only fee you have to pay to the courier company is the delivery fee of $150.00USD,contact them as soon as possible to make arrangement on how to deliver your ATM CARD to you.


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