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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. Joseph Ubani" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:23:53 +0200
Subject: $850,000.00 USD. Accredited on an ATM Card.

OUR REF: 0012/BHC/FBI/ATM/2011

We wish to bring to your notice that your email was listed by the British Financial
Intelligent Unit (BFIU) for these exercise of compensating scammed victims, those
listed some have been endorsed by the ASIA PACIFIC in Malaysia yours was among those
reported unpaid as at today and we wish to instruct you to see the instruction of
the commission to make sure you receive your compensation instantaneously as a beneficiary
of $850,000.00 USD. Accredited on an ATM Card.

Kindly forward your information to the email address below:

Full Name:
Delivery Address:
Phone Number:
Verification Code: ATM-ASIA701

Note: Your Personal Contact/Communication Code With Mr. Joseph Ubani Is "643" You
Are Advice To Send Your Full Details as requested. Take Note the money you will
send to him before your ATM CARD will be Release to you is just $230 for the Pin Code
of your ATM CARD.

Immediately the above details are received and validated, your payment will be processed within

Contact Person: Mr. Joseph Ubani
Committee on ATM-CARD Payment

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