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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: "Union Pay" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 15:22:51 -0400
Subject: Union Pay/ATM Compensation Payment Notification

201 Varick Street 12th Floor
New York, NY 10014

Union Pay/ATM Compensation Payment Notification

Attention Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that the Malaysian Union Pay settlement Committee and the ATM International Inc. wish to congratulate you on the successful emergence in our ongoing fund remittance promo of all ATM card users around the globe. This promo was initiated by the Mobile Phone and ATM Inc. to compensate ATM card and Mobile Phone users and also to help the world in the sustainable 2015 poverty alleviation scheme. In regards to this, we wish to inform you that your ATM compensation funds valued at (US$500.000.00) Five hundred thousand United States dollars has been authorized to be released to you through our corresponding financial Institution in Malaysia.

No tickets were sold out. Your email was one of the lucky emails/ATM Card users selected RANDOMLY via E-wheel Computer Ballot System drawn from over 200,000 companies and 300,000 individual email/Mobile Phone and ATM card users, from all over the world during the ATM Online EMAIL
Selection draws. In the mean time we have been mandated to issue out this payment via our swift card payment centers, which is the latest technology Powered by the Mobile/ATM Inc.

This World Union Pay card will be uploaded with your fund and couriered to your location via speed post
And a tracking number issued to you to enable you track your parcel till it gets to its final destination. This card can be used in any ATM machine in any part of the world, so if you like to receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting our ATM Center Manager with the requested information as listed below to the follow office via email.

Union Pay Malaysia Sdn Bhd
19th Floor, Plaza IBM
No. 8, First Avenue,
Persiaran Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Contact Person: Mr. Jim Wise

Required information:
1. Full Names:
2. Mobile Phone:
3. Address Were You Want ATM Card to sent:
4. Your Age and Current Occupation:
5. Country:

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-3714) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.
Now contact our ATM center Manager for more details.

Yours in Service,
Mrs. Sheba Anderson
Director of Operation

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