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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: "ATMCard Maestro Mastercard" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:07:46 +0800
Subject: Congratulations

ATM Maestro MasterCard/Asia
Asia/Pacific Regional Headquarters.

Attention: ATM MasterCard Beneficiary

Your cash bonus of USD $200,000.00 have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward
delivery to you via our ATM Maestro MasterCard which you will use to withdraw
cash at any ATMs SERVICE MACHINES where you see the MasterCard
OR(MaestroR/CirrusR) sign/logo located in more than 22 million locations
across 210 countriesworldwide.The draw no. 1518 brought out your E-mail
address from a Data Base of Internet Email Users and qualified you with the
stated winning amount.

You are hereby notified that yours falls to our Asian Zone for safety purpose,
for claims, kindly contact our claim agent officer via below email and fill in
the under-listed information's required;

1. Full Names-
2. Delivery Address ( PRESENT HOME ADDRESS NOT P.O. Box )-
3. Nationality / Present Location-
4. Occupation /-
5. Phone Number(s)-
6. Sex-
7. Alternative Email Address-

Contact Person: Mr.Max Aziz.

Thanks for your cooperation and congratulations once again.

Yours in Service,
Director Maestro Mastercard.
Asia/Pacific Regional Headquarters.

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