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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:29:33 -0700
Subject: Re:Immediate ATM DEBIT Inheritance Cash Card Payment Notification

Direct phone +22998418499

Re:Immediate ATM DEBIT Inheritance Cash Card Payment Notification

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your Inheritance payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your compensation inheritance payment.Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with none officials in the bank in all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you.

We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)

I wish to advise you that such an illegal act have to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center in that is the latest instruction from the UNITED NATION This card center will send to you an ATM VISA Card which you will use to withdraw your money 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 the ATM payment department and also send the following information.

Did you authorized Mr. Hall Chop to receive your fund in your behalf he
send his Details in China?) To send the atm card to him. If you did not
authorized Mr David Chop to receive your money on your behalf, You are advise to get
back to us very fast with your below information

2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM VISA CARD to (p.o box is not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Attach copy of your identification

We have been instructed to issue out $4,500,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2011. Also for your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.Use (00229) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

Note that you are to take care of the Courier Shipment Fee ONLY.

International Settlement Dept

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