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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: "ATM PAYMENT CENTRE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 15:34:39 -0800

Attenion: This is to acknowledge the receipt of the order from the Federal Ministry Of Finance, and the Attorney General, Barr. Stewart Baker After the IMF/World Bank meeting, in Washington D.C in respect with the provision act of decree 114 of the 1999 constitution; I am directed to inform you that your payment verification and confirmations is correct. Therefore, we are happy to inform you that arrangements have been concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible and in our bid to transparency. It is my pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Serial Number;4506-8675-2345-9245 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 2100. The ATM Card Value is $11. MILLION USD Only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of $4,000 to $5,000 USD is permitted on withdrawal per Day and we are duly Inter Switch and you can make withdrawal in any Inter Switch location and ATM Center of your choice. As stated in Mr. Mueller's Email to you the delivery charges which is only $180. As soon as payment is confirmed we shall immediately dispatch your package and email you with the FedEx tracking numbers so as for you to be able to track your package online and know when to be at home to receive it. Please be informed that the ATM card and the pin would be enclosed in the envelope, and you can start making withdrawals from the moment you receive the card. You will have to make the payment of $180 available to this office using any Western union money transfer or Money gram outlet with my secretary's or through my personal information's as stated below. Name: STEPHEN HERMANSON Address:OJO,LAGOS State: LAGOS Country: NIGERIA Test Question: MONTH Answer: Blue Amount: $180 As soon as payment is made do send an email with the 10-Digit MTCN numbers so that we can proceed with dispatching of your package without wasting time. I want you to be rest assured that as soon as your payment is confirmed and received, the next email you will get from me is your FedEx tracking numbers and your package would be delivered in less than 3 working days. also be informed that nothing will delay the delivery of your package. Waiting to hear from you. Kindest Regards, Mr.Stephen Herman. ATM cash card payment officer. +234-803-664-5116

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