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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: khadija <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 06:28:02 +0100
Subject: Re:Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification

Hello My Dear

In Respect Of Your Total lnherited/Contract Sum Owed To You Which You Have Failed To Claim Because Of Either Non-Compliance Of Official Processes Or Because Of Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment. We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS).

This Card Center Will Send To You An ATM DEBIT function Card Which You Will Use To Withdraw Your Fund In Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World, So If You Like To Receive Your Fund In This Way, Please Let Us Know By Contacting Us Back And Also Send The Following Information As Listed Below.

1. Full Name
2. Phone And Fax Number
3. Address Were You Want Them To Send The ATM Card To (P.O Box Not
4. Your Age And Current Occupation
5. Attach Copy Of Your Identification6. your resident

We Have Been Mandated By The ECOWAS Parliament To Issue Out $2.3m usd Million in your favour This fiscal year 2012. Also For Your Information, You Have To Stop Any Further Communication With Any Other Person (S) Or Office(S) To Avoid Any Hitches In Receiving Your Payment.

Note That Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of Conduct, Which Is (ODAC95) So You Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting The Card Center By Using It As Your Subject. It will cost you only $275 USD for shipment/delivery of the card to your doorstep. AS SOON AS I CONFIRM THE REQUIRED INFORMATION I WILL DIRECT YOU ON HOW YOU ARE GOING TO SEND THE REQUIRED FEE FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH OF YOUR ATM PAYMENT.

You are advised to contact our paying center as they are our representative.Contact Rev Charles Cole, immediately to receive your compensation without any delay.
Rev Charles Cole .
Financial Director
Email: ( )
Tele : +229 9982 3044.
Fancy Gabriel

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