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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 <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:40:34 +0100

Dear Sir,

This is to officially inform you that your inheritance funds which have been delayed by individual officials has finally been approved after today's meeting with Mr. President of Federal Republic. Your long unpaid funds has been programmed through ATM-CARD which would be delivered to your house address within (48-hours). But first my names are Dr. Matooq Saad Bakoosh from Saudi Arabia,. I was appointed this morning by the Federal Government, The United States Government, British Government, The United Nation, The World Bank and the Asian Governments to deliver your ATM-CARD worth total sum of (US$50 MILLION). Please be informed that this is a Debit Card' Variant Denominated in (US$) and is a Pre-Funded and Re-Loadable. You will access your account balance through International Visa Acceptance Points like:- (ATM, POS & WEB).

However, to receive your ATM CARD, please kindly re-confirms (THE AMOUNT SPENT., YOUR NAME., YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS., PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER AND COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION). These are the only requirements i demand from you and as instructed by the above offices. After that you will receive your immediately and please call me now on (+234-702-899-0367) for details.

I await your urgent reply.

Best Regards,

Dr. Matooq Saad Bakoosh.
Director of Payment.

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