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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: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:01:02 +0100 (BST)
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
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 $155 per day. i deposited it on today Saturday 6/8/2011.
Contact Person: REV .FREDRICK MOORE,
ATM DEPARTMENT Service Company
Email: (
Telephone No: +229 99 09 27 18

Contact Today to avoid increase of their keeping fees.

Here is the information you will use to send them the keeping fee according to the Director of ATM CARD Department office,Send the fee to them as urgent as now, so that they will immediately send you your atm card without delaying and also to avoid adding your security keeping fee ok.

Senders Names.......
Receiver Nam___ Nwabenne N Simeon
Country___Benin Republic
Test Question___155
Yours Sincerly ,
Mrs Ronald Shalla

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