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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. Lukas Giulia" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:25:35 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Attention atm master card owner

Attention atm master card owner,

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your bank draft but did not hear from you since that time then i went and deposited the $1.200,000.00 usd draft/cheque in the bank.We have arranged your payment through swift card payment center Asia pacific, this card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($1,500)One Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars Per-Day.
Kindly contact the below person who is in possition to release your ATM Payment Card. Send your information which they will use to send the card to you.
1::Your full name::
2::Your home address where  to send the atm card::
3::Current occupation::
5::Your current home telephone number/mobile phone number:: ::
6::A Copy of your identification::
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM card.
Dr. Paulinus George, Director,
ATM Payment Department Eco-Bank
Phone Number +229 987 656 19
Email: (
I have paid for the processing and delivery charges.the only money that your are going to pay to them is only $120 dollars which they will use to obtain the affidavit of ownership from the federal high court of Benin Republic.
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your card before your draft gets expired .
Let me know as soon as you receive your card.  Wait for your urgent respond. and your
Urgent Call.
Mr.lukas giulia

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