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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 CARD DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:45:47 -0600
Subject: YOU HAVE BEEN AWARDED A NEW ATM CARD!!!!! +234-805-711-7693


Due to your long over-due fund which you have been finding it difficult to receive via a Certified Bank Draft issued by Deferent organization, We have arranged your payment through our International ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific, this is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.

We will send you an International Swift ATM CARD ( Master Card) which you are to use in accessing your fund via in any ATM MACHINE location any
Where in the world, and the maximum daily limit is Four Thousand United States Dollars ($4,000.00) valued sum at Two Million Five
Hundred thousand United States Dollars {$2,500,000.00}. If you desire to receive your fund this way kindly contacts the ATM officer via email:

NOTE: you are to re-confirm your details so as to facilitate the immediate release of your ATM CARD immediately.

(1) Your Full Name.

(2) Full Residential Address...

(3) Direct and Current Phone:

(4) Nationality.

(5) Present Country.

Please Note: As soon as your details have been received here by the SWIFTATM CARD CENTER, you are therefore advised to stop any further communications with
All other bodies such as the Compensation and Finance House, Lottery Organizations etc....

You have to act fast so as to facilitate the immediate release of your ATM Card and more so as to avoid miss-appropriation of your Card. Please be aware that you are the only person
Left to receive your ATM Card out of the three beneficiaries

Please note our ATM CODE of conduct is (ATM 101) as this is to be your subject when responding to our email to prove that truly, you received our email.
We shall be expecting to receive your information as you Have to stop any further communication with anybody or office.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Mr. Felix Douglas

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