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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 Linda Obinedo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 11:25:56 -0700

Good day dear Beneficiary,

How are you? Hope all is well with you and your family? I know that you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund

due to our mistake on the delivery up till now. I am writing to inform you that your file was found in our office today and

we discovered that you’re Cheque of $4.5 Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us because the fault is from our former secretary who did

not complete the instruction giving by our Boss. My dear, Note that your Cheque has been converted into Master ATM Card to

free it from Expiring, We are hereby informing you that all the necessary arrangement for your ATM MASTER CARD Payment that

is worth $4.5Million United State Dollars has been granted for your payment last week.

Now Your Master ATM Card is well packaged with every legal document to convey it without having any problem with any

Authorities or with your Federal Government so we are here by inviting you to our office so that we can complete the normal

formalities and activation process of your ATM CARD and issue the Secret pin code number to you to enable you make withdrawal

at any ATM MACHINE of your choice nearest to you, as soon as it is activated. But if you can be able to come down here in our

office in person be inform that you are going to pay for the Courier delivery charges and activation fee of your ATM MASTER

CARD, so if you are unable to come down here then you are required to update them with your contact details as stated below

so that they will proceed with the necessary arrangement for the delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD.

1. Your Full name, ________________
2. Your home Address, ______________
3. Your telephone number, ______
4. A copy of your ID, _____________
5. Your age/sex, ____________________
6. Your occupation, __________________
7. Your country, ____________________

Therefore you should contact OUR ATM CARD PAYMENT DEPARTMENT CENTER Immediately on their below, E-mail:( )

Contact Person; Mr Alex williams Tel Phone Number; +229-664-85-244 or +229-99-571-490 Try to call him immediately to know

when your ATM CARD will be delivered to you. I am waiting for you to update us as soon as you have received your Master ATM


Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Linda Obinedo,

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