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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. COLLEEN MIDDLETON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:36:57 +0300
Subject: Notification of Payment Via ATM Visa Card

ATM Visa Card Department

Attn: Beneficiary

In respect to your long over-due fund which you have been finding it
difficult to receive through a Bank Draft, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer and
Western Union Instalment Payment arrangements. A meeting was held last
weekend as to the problem surrounding the Remittance of your fund, and after
all deliberation, the Panel Agreement was to load your fund into a worldwide
accessible ATM Visa Credit Card.

We have waited for you to get in contact with us for your ATM Visa Credit
Card with the total sum of $2,500.000.00. (Two Million, Five hundred
Thousand United State Dollars Dollars), Which you can withdraw your Fund at
any ATM Machine in your location Worldwide, with maximum daily limit amount
of USD$15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand United States Dollars) Hence you are
willing to claim your Winning Fund.

Note that the delivery charges of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD has already
being paid, Apart from the Security Keeping Fee and insurance clearance,
which can not be paid due to your delay in contacting this office for claim
of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD Winning Fund. The Security Keeping Fee,
together with the Insurrance clearance Fee total amount is US$320.00 and
this is the only charges you are Authorized to Pay as there is no Hiden
charges require for any reason, to have you ATM VISA CREDIT CARD completely
insurred and delivered to your residential address for daily withdrawal. All
you need to do is to contact our Payment Security Department for details and
guidelines on how to submit your Fees so as to facilitate the immediate
release of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD for immediate delivery to you.

Contact Mr. EDWIN THOMPSON directly for Guidelines on how to Submit of your
Security Keeping Fees, and commence Delivery of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD

Tel/Fax: +234-8028398726

Kindly re-confirm your details to him for verification, and make sure your
residential address is provided correctly, to avoid any atom of mistake
durring delivery process of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD, so as to facilitate
the immediate release of your ATM CARD immediately as soon as you comply
with the requirement.

(1) Your Full Name ..................
(2) Full Residential Address.............(P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Direct and Current Phone ...........
(4) Nationalty ..........................
(5) Present Country ................

As soon as your details are submitted, you shall be advised accordingly by
our security department officer Mr.EDWIN THOMPSON.

Our ATM CODE of conduct is ( ATM 101 ). Make sure you specify this Code on
your subject when Contacting our Security Department (Mr.EDWIN THOMPSON) for
delivery of your ATM VISA CREDIT CARD.

Your Safety is 100% Guaranteed.

Thanks for your maximum co-operation.

ATM Visa Card Department

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