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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: Hon David Cameron MP <>
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 02:56:14 +1200 (NZST)

Our ref: ATM/13470/IDR
Your ref:Date: 23/10/2012
Email:  (

I am The Rt Hon David Cameron MP,Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service British Government. This letter is to officially inform you that (Visa/ATM Master Card Number 7302 7168 0041 0640) has been accredited in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 1090.The ATM Master card Value is £2,000,000.00(Two Million, Great British Pounds Sterling).

This office will send  you a Visa/ATM Master card that you will use to withdraw your funds in any ATM MACHINE CENTER or Visa card outlet in the world with a maximum of £5000 GBP daily.Further more,You will be required to re-confirm the following information to enable;The Rt Hon William Hague MP First Secretary of State for British Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. begin in processing of your VISA/ATM Master CARD.

(1)Full names:
(5)Phone #:
(8) Post Codes

Rt Hon William Hague
First Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Email:  (  Phone: +447 045 781 650,
Note you only need to send sum of USD$90 for the shipping fee of your atm visa card to you to   Hon William Hague and your ATM VISA CARD will deliver to you within 24h
Receiver  Name   OBI LAWRENCE
Address C/B 312 City  Cotonou   Country Benin Republic
Text Question    How long?
Anwer             24hours
Awaiting for the MTCN:::

TAKE NOTICE: That you are warned to stop further communications with any other person(s) or office(s) different from the staff of the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to avoid hitches in receiving your payment.

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Prime Minister

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