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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:

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:08:37 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Payment No: S60821

Payment No: S60821

I am directed to inform you that ATM Card Number: 6038050011004432 has
been approved in your favor. The ATM Card Value is $958,010.00 USD (Nine
Hundred and Fifty-eight Thousand,Ten USD Only). You are advised that a
maximum withdrawal value of $5,000.00 USD is permitted on withdrawal per
day and are Inter Switch & visa cards ,so you can make withdrawal in any
ATM Center of your choice worldwide.

Treat urgently and note that your ATM Card is ready and available for
dispatch to you, .Reconfirm your delivery address & phone number to avoids
mistakes,Understand dispatch charges are to be taken care by you as the
beneificary to this funds,

All corresponding must be sent to this email:
Martins Liu Chen
International Remittance Department

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